On the eve of the 2016 New York Auto Show, Honda finally confirmed the news that a six-speed manual transmission is going to be made available in all Civic models with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.
That includes the hatchback, sedan and coupe body styles of the car. Since the redesigned 10th-generation Civic launched in late 2015, all Civics with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine were exclusively mated to a CVT.
Honda has been hinting at this for some time, even allowing our own Road Test Editor Mike Schlee to drive a prototype version of a turbo Civic with a manual transmission. The 1.5-liter turbo makes 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.
Honda also rolled out the Civic Hatchback Prototype that it revealed in Geneva here in New York, as this is the car’s first time on U.S. soil. When the hatchback joins the coupe and sedan models in the U.S., it will only be available with the 1.4-liter turbo engine, positioning itself as a sportier Civic variant.