With styling only slightly changed from that original concept car, the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback will join the coupe and sedan as the third body style in Honda’s 10th-generation Civic lineup, and the first five-door Civic hatchback ever sold in the U.S. It will also form the basis for a sporty Civic Type-R model down the road, Honda says.
While it is a new model, the hatchback should look somewhat familiar by now. It was teased by both the Geneva concept and some teaser photos Honda recently released showing cars being loaded on a ship for transport to the U.S. Aside from its rear hatch, the styling largely resembles that of the other two Civic variants, incorporating a fairly sleek roofline and Honda’s new corporate grille.
The hatchback will be offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims, all of which come with Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine is shared with the Civic coupe and sedan, but the hatchback doesn’t get the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four available in lower-end versions of those models. The hatchback will be available with six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions, becoming the first Civic model to offer the turbo engine with a manual.
In LX, EX, and EX-L models, the engine makes the same 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque it does in the Civic coupe and sedan. But the Sport and Sport Touring models get a boost to 180 hp, and 162 lb-ft., thanks in part to a wicked-looking, freer-flowing center-exit exhaust.
Honda also confirmed that the hatchback will be the basis for the next Civic Type-R, which will be sold in the U.S. for the first time. Rumor has it this hot hatchback will have upward of 340hp. Honda will also offer a Civic Si model, which will likely be less extreme than the Type-R, and could use the coupe or sedan body styles.