Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Honda Press | posted August 15, 2016 20:08
Turbo models to be available with manual transmissions
After the Civic Hatchback Prototype made its ASEAN reveal, Honda has now shown the full specs for the production version of the Civic Hatchback in the US. In the US, it will be the first time the country will be getting a hatch version after 11 years.
A lot has been carried over from the concept model that was shown in Geneva last year. The production model does away with the aggressive body kit, large diameter wheels and green highlights. This model gets a different wheel treatment from the sedan counterpart but is similar from the B-pillar forwards.
Moving to the rear, the hatchback gets a unique rear door treatment, featuring an upward kink and a faux third window. The C-shaped tail lights are carried over from the sedan plus an integrated rear spoiler on the tailgate. One design feature that was lifted from the concept are the non-functional honeycomb vents. In the US, the Civic Hatchback will be available in five trim levels, namely LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring. The Sport Touring model serves as the new top of the line model, surpassing the EX-L. Unique to the Sport Touring model are dual center-mounted exhaust pipes.
In the US, the R20 2.0 liter mill serves as the base engine and puts out 153 PS and 190 Nm of torque. Moving up the range is the 1.5 liter turbocharged i-VTEC motor with 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque. The range-topping Sport Touring model gets a 7 horsepower hike and output is now rated at 180 PS but torque is retained at 220 Nm.
As mentioned in the previous story, the Honda Civic Hatchback is built in two different factories. The Swindon plant in the UK supplies the western hemisphere, while the Thailand plant will cater to the East. There is currently no word if the Civic Hatchback will go on sale in all ASEAN countries. Honda did display the Prototype version at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show over the weekend, likely to gauge consumer interest.