Europe will be given its first in-the-metal look at the all-new Honda Civic sedan at the Paris Motor Show in a couple of weeks, but as it’s already on-sale here the bigger news for Australian buyers is the global debut of the five-door hatchback model.
While Honda has already revealed the Civic hatch in a set of early-release images, the Paris show will offer the first public appearance of the new five-door, which joins the sedan in presenting an aggressive new look which is certainly eye-catching – building the visial drama thanks to deeply vented front and rear bumpers compared to the sedan.
And naturally the range-topping turbocharged 2.0-litre Civic Type R version is already being eagerly anticipated, and although it won’t be shown just yet, Honda Australia has already pencilled it in for a mid-2017 launch.
Compared to the current Honda Civic hatchback, the all-new model follows the theme of the sedan in being larger all-round (130mm longer, 30mm wider) and features a 20mm lowe height.
Engines for the Australian range will differ from the European model which will come with either a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol, 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol, or a 1.6-litre turbo diesel.
Australia’s hatch range will follow the lead of the sedan variant with a choice of either a 1.8 litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder or more powerful 1.5 litre turbo, with the Australian-bound Civic hatch sourced from the same Thai factory as the sedan, and not from the UK as per the previous Civic hatch.
Trim levels and specifications are also expected to stick closely to those of the sedan, meaning that once-again a manual transmission is off the agenda until the Civic Type R arrives.