The third largest Japanese automaker has recently teased its latest product – the preview of the next-generation Civic hatchback that will shape up as a prototype that will be introduced during the Geneva Motor Show.
The company has already revealed the Civic in sedan and coupe forms, so it’s only natural the automaker is gearing up to also showcase for the first time the preview form of the five-door hatchback that should reach European dealerships early next year. The model will be produced in the United Kingdom at its usual European birth place – the plant in Swindon – and from there it will take the global export route, reaching as far as the United States. From what we can see from this first teaser depicting the back end the Civic hatchback will take most of the cues from the sedan and coupe, but puts the accent on dynamism even more. We have a massive bumper with double exhaust tips sitting smack in the middle and we also noticed the quirky roof-mounted spoiler. The taillights have the shape of a boomerang and are a nice evolution of the ones already present on the two brethren body styles.
Honda has already shed some light on the specifications of the 2017 Civic in European form – it will make use of a new turbocharged, three-cylinder 1.0-liter unit. Power is expected to be rated at about 127 horsepower (94 kilowatts) and 148 pound-feet (200 Newton meters) and be mated to a ix-speed manual transmission. The higher grade option would be the stronger turbocharged 1.5-liter unit that is already present on the Civics delivered to the United States – mated to either a continuously variable transmission or a six speed manual.