Next-gen Honda Civic hatchback test mule spied once again with modified Acura ILX body

The next generation Honda Civic hatchback has returned in a fresh set of spy images from Europe.

It’s actually the same prototype from last week wearing a modified Acura ILX body but with a shorter rear overhang and the taillights of the current Civic hatchback. We checked the license plate and managed to find out the vehicle was registered in United Kingdom on February 1 as a Honda with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine.

The motor in question is most likely the iVTEC Turbo announced last month in New York when Honda took the wraps off the Civic Coupe concept. The direct-injection four-cylinder engine will work with a short-shifting six-speed manual gearbox as well as with a new continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Set to be a global model, the next generation Honda Civic will also be available as a sedan and a coupe while details about a wagon version are not available at this point. A range-topping Type R version has already confirmed and will be sold in United States where an Si variant is also going to be available.

The hatchback is going to be manufactured in United Kingdom while the US-spec versions will be assembled in United States.

Honda has previously announced the US-spec tenth generation Civic will go on sale this fall.

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