Production version will go on sale in Europe in early-2017.
The all-new Honda Civic Hatchback will be previewed by a near-production concept named 2016 Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. In the latest, just days ahead of the concept's official unveiling, its images have surfaced on the web revealing its exterior from all the sides, courtesy Carscoops.
The Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype has been given a very sporty appeal with what seems to look like full LED headlights, large air inlets, mesh grille inserts, large air outlets, rear bumper with integrated diffuser, C-shaped LED taillights and two rear spoilers – one roof mounted and one bootlid-mounted. Greenish-yellow accents on various elements on all sides add a little bit of funkiness to the car.
When launched, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback will be the third addition to the tenth generation Honda Civic range after the original sedan version and the coupe version which followed soon after. The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback will also debut the company's new 1.0-litre VTEC TURBO turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and be available with a 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as well.
A recent report said that the 1.0-litre unit will develop 127 bhp and 148 lb.-ft. (201 Nm) of torque and that the Civic powered by this engine will have CO2 emissions rating of 99 g/km. It would replace the 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine, while the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine will likely continue.
The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is expected to be offered with advanced features like LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, taillights with integrated LED light bars, electronic parking brake, 7-inch high-definition Display Audio infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking and Road Departure Mitigation.
The 5-door 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback will be built in Swindon, UK and be launched in Europe in early-2017.
Rivals: VW Golf, Ford Focus, Renault Megane, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Nissan Pulsar
Expected price: £15,000-20,000 (INR 14.31-19.08 lakhs)
Expected Release Date (Europe): Early-2017