The Japanese automaker has decided to take the trip to the New York Auto Show with the Civic Hatchback prototype that has already been presented to European fans earlier this month during the Geneva Motor Show.
The prototype looks identical to the concept that has been first introduced during the Swiss event and is used as a near production preview of the series model that will be declined as a 2017 model that will be showcased later on this year. Honda hasn’t commented much on the Civic Hatchback prototype since it has already been seen before but we can tell you the model follows the lines of the Civic Sedan and brings a dynamic front end with LED headlights. We also noticed the beefy fenders, a center-mounted dual exhaust system, and two tailgate-mounted spoilers. We’re expecting the series model to feature a toned down appearance but these cues could very well be delivered to the Type R model later on.
Honda is being mum on specifics but did say the hatchback version will be using the same architecture as the sedan and will come exclusively with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine on the US market. Honda hasn’t tipped the performance specifications but the powerplant should come with 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque and the carmaker has already confirmed it will be linked to a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. Honda has also said the Civic Si and Civic Type R will also join the range sometime next year.