Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Honda Civic hatchback prototype image

The Swiss event has included the worldwide premiere of the Civic hatchback prototype in European livery – and we have to say that quirky design aside this one is way sportier than the predecessor.

We’re being treated here to a highly dynamic concept for the Euro-spec Civic five-door hatchback – and the model is 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower, and 130 mm longer than the predecessor. It also uses larger and wider tires and comes with shorter overhangs which go a long way towards increasing the visual appeal and making fans brim with anticipation.

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The front fascia is adorned with a set of LED headlights and daytime running lights while the bumper looks mighty impressive thanks to the large intakes – while the sculpted hood completes the impression we’re talking here about the Type R designation and not the regular model. The tail – a specialty of the marquee – remains as impressive as always thanks to the deployment of a massive bumper and center-mounted dual exhaust tips. The Civic hatchback prototype also has C-shaped LED taillights and double spoilers, one for the roof and one linking the taillights and packing the third brake light.

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The interior was blacked out so chances are the Geneva floor only got a mock-up of the model – meaning we’re actually in for even more surprises further on as we all know the interesting exterior of the Civic is always matched by an equally surprising interior. We do expect the production series model to follow the lines set by the sedan and coupe already launched in the US. And with increased dimensions we’re also looking at a substantially roomier Civic hatchback. The model will reach European dealerships early next year and will have under the hood turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engines. The diesel front will be represented by the known 1.6-liter i-DTEC which should come with more power and become even more fuel efficient. Transmission choices include the familiar options: six-speed manual gearbox and an optional continuously variable transmission.