Honda Debuts 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype in New York

Mar 23, 2016

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The next-generation Civic Hatchback, with its striking design and the sporty, European-inspired driving experience, was debuted in its prototype form just a day before the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. also confirmed that it will marry the all-new 1.5-liter turbo engine to its six-speed manual transmission for more sporty and dynamic performance. The arrival of the production 2017 Civic Hatchback later this year marks the continued rollout of the 10th-generation Civic lineup, the sportiest and most expansive family of Civics in the car’s 44-year history, according to Honda.

The 2017 Civic Hatchback will be built on the same platform as the 10th-generation Civic Sedan. The five-door hatchback will feature one powertrain for the U.S. market, a 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbo engine that can be mated to either a sporty CVT or a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission.

New larger and wider wheels and tires give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior, according to Honda. At the front of the car, a short overhang with large air intakes presents a sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda’s family face. LED headlights and daytime running lights flow from beneath the boldly sculpted hood into the muscular front wheel arches.

The sleek and swept-back body lines continue along the side of the car with a crease that incorporates front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasizing the car’s dynamic forward-leaning stance. At the rear, the bumper incorporates angular creases and vents, designed to echo the aggressively styled nature of the rest of the car, according to Honda.

The Civic Hatchback will launch later this year as the third new Civic variant, joining the 2016 Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe. The 10th-generation Civic lineup will be rounded out in 2017 with the arrival of Civic Si variants and the radical new Civic Type R, according to Honda.

The 2017 Civic Hatchback was developed by the joint efforts of Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan.