Honda has published the first official images of the hatchback variant of the brand new tenth-generation Civic after several leaked images and amateur spy shots taken on both sides of the Atlantic surfaced on the internet.
Unsurprisingly, the pictures show that the hatch is virtually identical to the hatchback concept that was presented earlier this year during the Geneva Auto Show. Its design has been toned down a little, but the overall silhouette has made the transition from concept to production without any major modifications.
While technical details haven’t been published yet, it’s safe to assume that entry-level models will use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower, while more expensive trims will benefit from a 174-horsepower 1.5-liter four that’s both directed-injected and turbocharged. A R-badged model with up to 340 horses under the hood will allegedly join the lineup a little later in the production run.
Built in Honda’s Swindon, UK, factory, the Civic Hatchback will land in dealerships next month as a 2017 model. Pricing information hasn’t been announced yet. Interestingly, buyers in Europe will need to wait until early next year before they can get their hands on the new model, a time frame that suggests Honda is expecting the hatch will be in high demand on our side of the pond.