As the tenth generation Honda Civic hatchback nears its public debut, the automaker has ramped up testing and was recently spotted in the Alps. First previewed in concept form in Geneva, reports suggest that the all-new Civic hatchback will be making its first public appearance during this year's Paris Motor Show.
While the camouflage hides most of the hatchback's styling details, the concept's styling influences can be seen in the production version. The up swept wraparound headlights and single bar grill are shared with the sedan while the disguise hides the lines of the new front bumper unique to the hatchback. Towards the rear, the C-shaped tail lights seen on the sedan and concept also make their way to the hatchback, confirming the patent images we reported back in March. It would also appear that the double rear spoiler seen in the concept will make their way on to the production models. Interior details are unknown at the time of writing but it is likely it will be carried over from the sedan with minor changes.
The Honda Civic Hatchback will be built in Honda's plant in Swindon, England. As previously reported, Honda has confirmed three engines for the new Civic hatch. The company's first turbocharged three cylinder outside of a Kei car will make its debut in the Civic Hatchback and will likely serve as the base engine. Displacement is rated at 1.0 liters and figures are yet to be revealed by Honda but reports peg output at around 130 PS.
Another engine that will power the Civic Hatchback will be the 1.5-liter turbo that is currently seeing service in the Civic sedan. It puts out 170 PS and 220 Nm of torque. Primarily aimed at the European market, Honda will also offer a diesel variant for the new hatch. The 1.6-liter i-DTEC turbodiesel may carry over from the previous generation Civic diesel. Transmission choices will be a continuously variable transmission or a six speed manual.
The Civic Hatchback will expand the lineup by two cars. A wagon is also being planned for the European market. There is currently no word regarding a new Type R or a hybrid version.