Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Honda | posted March 24, 2016 02:53
2017 Honda Civic Hatcback Prototype revealed in the Big Apple
After providing a glimpse of the Civic Hatchback last month, Honda has officially revealed the prototype version of the car at this year's New York International Auto Show. Billed by the automaker of delivering Euro-inspired styling, along with a turbocharged powertrain, Honda is set to make the tenth-generation model as the 'sportiest and most expansive family of Civics in the car's 44-year history'.
"The Civic Hatchback wraps the 10-generation Civic platform and five-door hatchback utility in emotional, Euro-inspired styling. Offered with the first application of the 1.5-liter turbo engine paired with a manual transmission, this sportiest Civic to date will attract a whole new set of enthusiast buyers to the model and Honda brand," said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The all-new Civic Hatchback was made possible by Honda's R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will soon join the sedan and coupe variants in the US market. Moreover, it will be stable mates to the Si and Type R variants.
Beginning with its exterior, it gets the familiar styling from both the sedan and coupe with its sweptback headlights, signature Solid Wing Face grill and aggressive front bumper. Over to the side, distinct five-spoke alloy wheels standout from the wheel wells while streaks of character lines adorn the doors and fenders of the prototype hatchback.
The rear section gets the familiar C-shaped taillights but beyond that, it gets its own finish that differentiates it from the sedan and coupe. It gets center-mounted dual exhaust tips, tailgate mounted spoiler and a ventilated rear bumper.
Interior images and details were not conveyed so it is highly likely that the interior theme from the other variants will be carried over for the hatchback.
Under the hood, is the turbocharged Earth Dreams developed 1.5-liter i-VTEC inline-four. It churns out 174 PS along with 219 Nm of torque towards the front wheels. Those that yearn for a 6-speed manual for the turbo model will be glad to know that Honda has confirmed that all variants will get that option, including the hatchback.
The Civic Hatchback will be produced exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) plant in Swindon.