Honda Civic Hatchback Concept Previews Production Design

Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype Rear

As Honda polishes its shiny North American Car of the Year award for the stylish new Civic sedan, we’re eagerly awaiting the hatchback version that the company has long confirmed will make it to U.S. shores. Honda has now released a first look at the rear end of the Civic hatchback concept, which will make its global debut at the 2016 Geneva auto show. In concert with the 2016 Honda Civic sedan and the upcoming coupe, the Civic hatchback concept looks to bear similarly sweeping design cues. We see the same C-shaped full-width taillights and wide rear fenders, although there are a few key pieces here which will likely be left on the concept cutting room floor. The subtle sculpting on either side of the rear window, the mirrors, and the rear fascia will all likely be dropped, although we hope Honda stylists will find it in their hearts to stick with that hot-looking center-mounted exhaust. Honda has shown that it is willing to carry over a lot of flashy show-car cues into production. When the lime green Honda Civic concept hogged the limelight at the 2015 New York auto show, few expected that its bold, full-width taillight scheme would actually make it to showrooms. The final Civic coupe that debuted at the Los Angeles auto show last year proved those doubters wrong, so we’re confident we will be satisfied once the production Civic hatchback shows up in Geneva. When the production Civic hatchback is finally shown, expect the same lineup of 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 1.5-liter turbocharged engines to be available. Both have proven to be peppy and efficient in our road tests, but we’re much more excited for the eventual Civic Si, which has been rumored to use a detuned 230-hp version of the rowdy Type R’s 2.0-liter turbo-four. The Honda Civic hatchback will be built at the company’s Swindon, U.K., manufacturing plant (even the U.S.-market version will be built there), which initial deliveries slated for early 2017. When it goes on sale in the U.S., the Civic hatch will have a new competitor to tackle in the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, which is coming Stateside for the first time.

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