While the new-generation Honda Civic sedan is already on sale in US, the Japanese carmaker has revealed the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback for the American market. The new-gen Honda Civic hatchback will be rolled out in US towards the end of this fall. In the American market, it will go up against the Ford Focus, Hyundai i30 and Vauxhall Astra. The Civic hatchback will be produced at Honda’s plant in Swindon, U.K.
Honda claims that the new Civic Type R is "Sporty" and "Fun To Drive". The five-door Civic will also go on sale in North America for the first time. The hatchback will be manufactured at the company's Swidon, Wiltshire factory and will exported to several international markets. It is likely to get a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
At launch, the new Civic will be offered with two turbocharged petrol engines - 127bhp 1.0-litre 3-cylinder and 180bhp, 1.5-litre 4-cylinder unit. Both engines feature Honda's VTEC variable valve timing technology. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox.
The new model comes with a boot space of 478-litres with the rear seats up. However, it misses out on the clever 'Magic Seats' that is offered in the new Honda Jazz. The hatchback also gets side-sliding removable parcel shelf.
The new Civic hatch is 30mm wider and 130mm longer than the previous model, offering considerably more space for both front and rear occupants. The ride height has been reduced by 20mm that contributes to its sporty handling. There is an increase of 30mm in the wheelbase, which means more space for the rear occupants.
Honda says that the new-generation Civic hatchback will form the basis for the Civic Type-R sport version. It will also be the first-ever five-door Civic hatchback in the US market. The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback had its world debut as a concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Design highlights of the new Civic hatchback includes large air intakes, LED headlamps, heavily sculpted lines running across the length, deep creases on the bottom of the door pannels, high boot lid, new rear spoiler and alloy wheels.
The revealed production version of the car looks largely identical to the original concept. Though, it receives minor cosmetic upgrades. The new-gen model is longer, wider and lower than the current model that means it will have more space to offer. Length-wise, the hatchback beats its closest rivals – i.e. Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
To be available in five trim levels – LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Sport Touring, the Honda Civic hatchback will come fitted with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This powertrain also does duty in the Civic coupe and sedan. The LX, EX and EX-L trims offer 174bhp with 162 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the Sport and Sport Touring variants, with a high-flow center-mounted exhaust, deliver power up to 180bhp and 162 lb-ft.
There will be two gearbox on offer - a CVT automatic (standard) and a 6-speed manual (available only on LX, Sport, & EX trims). This will also make it the first Civic model to offer turbo power mill with a manual transmission. Honda says that the hatchback will return a mileage 31mpg and 40mpg on urban and freeroads respectively. The automatic version will deliver a combined mileage of 34mpg.
The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback is claimed to offer a total of 122.9 cubic feet cabin space, and 36-inches legroom for the rear seat occupants. Honda says that the hatchback will have the “largest cargo carrying capacity in the competitive set,”. Safety features on offer will be adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, etc. The car will also support the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity system. Image used here is of Honda Civic Coupe, since the hatchback's interior image is not available yet.