Looks different from the Civic sedan.
Leaked patent images have revealed the exterior design of a Honda hatchback concept that will be exclusive to the Chinese market.
The exterior design appears to be significantly different to the 2016 Honda Civic sedan sold in the U.S., featuring a Honda CR-Z inspired face with sleek LED headlamps, large hexagonal grille in the bumper, sporty intakes and a contoured hood. The rear-end starts to draw design cues from the latest Civic, with boomerang LED taillights that run across the rear profile and a new bumper. The design seems to adopt a fastback approach.
The production-spec model will likely comprise of the 1.0-liter and 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engines. Reports suggest that the smaller 1.0-liter unit will be capable of producing 127 PS and 200 Nm, and paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the output figures of the 1.5-liter engine could be identical to the U.S.-spec Civic: 174 hp and 220 Nm.
Honda is currently prepping the Honda Civic hatchback for European markets, which will go on sale in early-2017. The production version is expected at the Geneva Motor Show next month.