The Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype that’s headed to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week has been leaked online. These photos, posted by CarScoops, finally reveal the 10th-generation Civic’s hatchback form, featuring a sloping rear hatch a short rear overhang.
You can ignore the Prototype tag – it’s there because the new Honda Civic Hatchback isn’t due to go on sale in Europe until early 2017. Other than that, you’re pretty much looking at the real deal, save for a few show car bits and pieces.
This semi-aggressive look most likely previews the upcoming Civic Type S, which is rumoured to be re-positioned to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. If so, it will slot under the full-fledged Golf R, Focus RS-rivalling Civic Type R.
Honda has already confirmed that the standard Civic Hatchback will arrive in Europe with 127 hp/200 Nm 1.0 litre and 201 hp/260 Nm 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engines. As with the US-market sedan, expect the hatch to be offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT.
GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic sedan
GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic Coupe