Honda has revealed the third bodystyle in its revitalised Civic family, with the Civic Hatch prototype making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week following last year’s reveals of the new Civic Coupe and Civic Sedan.
And though it’s being billed as a “prototype”, the car you see is largely representative of what will turn up in Honda showrooms in the latter half of this year.
Some of the more adventurous elements of the current UK-built Civic Hatch have been eliminated, like the semi-hidden rear door handles and split tailgate glass (there’s still the illusion of the latter, but it’s now one single piece of glass with a spoiler running over it).
Meanwhile, new Civic design elements like massive C-shaped tail lamp lenses and a broad upright grille have been ushered in. Compared to the current car, the new Civic Hatch will be 30mm wider, 20mm lower and 130mm longer from bumper-to-bumper, giving it a more aggressive stance.
In Europe the new Civic hatch will come with three powertrain options – a 1.0 litre and 1.5 litre direct-injection turbo petrol or a 1.6 litre turbo diesel. A Civic Type-R variant will follow with a 2.0 litre turbo petrol inline four driving the front wheels.
Precise specifications and power outputs will be released closer to the car’s European market launch in April.
“This tenth-generation Civic Hatch is the sportiest remake of the Civic ever,” said Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins. “This is an exciting new chapter for a much loved Honda nameplate. We have a three-phase launch plan in Australia that will put Civic back on the shopping list of small car buyers. “The all-new sedan will arrive mid this year and then Hatch will follow, and then Type R. We aren’t able to confirm exact timing for the Hatch or Type R as yet, but these variants will play an important role in the success of this model.”