Ahead of its first official public appearance during the Paris Motor Show, the Japanese company has decided to take the wraps off the European specification Civic Hatchback.
In an odd move, the first to be unveiled was the US-specification 2017 model year version of the hatchback – for the first time available with this body style overseas. Now the traditional European hatchback version is also coming out – and both models are being prepared for production in Swindon, U.K. The compact five-door is 130 mm longer, 30 mm wider, and 20 mm lower than the outgoing model, and it’s also 16 kilograms (35 pounds) lighter. The new architecture it deploys is not only lightweight, but also 52 percent stiffer when discussing torsion and accommodates a 30-mm longer wheelbase. The European version is not only getting the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with 180 horsepower, but also a completely new three-cylinder, 1.0-liter unit. It also benefits from turbocharging and develops 127 hp, mated to a standard six speed manual or a CVT.
Of course the Old Continent Civic is also getting the usual 1.6-liter turbodiesel, with some updates to lower emissions and add a few extra ponies to the model’s current 118 hp. The compact has more space up the back, but the so-called “Magic Seats” have been ditched in favor of a traditional 60:40-split rear bench, complete with a trunk of 478-liter capacity. The 7-inch infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, Garmin satellite navigation is optional and there are three audio systems to choose from – four-speaker, 160-watt unit, a mid-range eight-speaker, 180-watt option or the flagship 11 speakers setup.