Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Unknown | posted March 16, 2016 08:11
Leaked photos preview production version of 2017 Civic Hatch
Earlier this month, Honda revealed the concept version of the tenth generation Civic hatchback. Patent images have now surfaced online, previewing the new C-Segment hatch in production form. While production of the Civic sedan and coupe has been going on for some time now, the hatchback models start sometime this year.
For its exterior, most of the concept's cues remain such as the large air intakes, creases on the doors and a honeycomb pattern on the lower valence of the rear bumper. Based on these patent photos, the production model loses the front chin and side skirts while the exhaust placement is now hidden, as opposed to the concept which was placed in the center. One thing added to the production model is a rear windshield wiper. As with most Hondas of this generation, the Civic Hatchback also gets the Solid Wing Face design language. When compared to the outgoing model, the new Civic hatch measures 30mm wider, 20mm lower and 130mm longer than its predecessor.
The Honda Civic Hatchback will be made in the company's plant in Swindon, England. The company has confirmed three engines for the new Civic hatch. First is a new 1.0-liter, turbocharged three cylinder engine and the other is the 1.5-liter turbo that is currently seeing service in the Civic sedan. Power output for the 1.0-liter engine has yet to be revealed by Honda. On the other hand, the 1.5-liter engine puts out 170 PS and 220 Nm of torque. This being a European model, Honda will also offer a diesel variant for the new hatch. The 1.6-liter i-DTEC turbodiesel carries over from the previous generation Civic diesel. Power is transferred via a continuously variable transmission or a six speed manual.
Honda has yet to announce the official launch date for the production model. It is also unknown if this body style will make it to the Asia-Pacific region in the future. The rumor mill suggests that the retail version will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October.