The tenth-generation Honda Civic sedan was officially unveiled for the North American market only just a month ago, the first of many body styles in the model’s line-up. Here, we have the first shots of the five-door hatchback version of the unified Civic range, in its high performance Civic Type R guise at that!

There are quite a few indicators that this is indeed the next-gen Honda Civic Type R. The bumper now features vertical cut outs for intakes at the corners, most probably to channel air to cool the brakes. These are paired with air outlets just beyond the front wheels – remarkably similar to those found on the current European model. Also, what appears to be a larger intercooler can be seen as well.

Under the hood, you can expect a tuned version of the current CTR’s 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine, displacing the new 1.5 litre turbo powerplant of the standard car. Whether it will have any more than the (still-new) current car’s 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque remains to be seen.

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Viewed from the side, we spot larger wheels in a five twin-spoke design, finished in black. Larger diameter brake rotors are also fitted at the front, with upgraded red calipers as well. Of course, the most prominent feature here is the large rear spoiler that should serve some aerodynamic purpose.

Moving on to the rear, the C-shaped taillights can be seen through the camo as well. The rear bumper also gets modified with slits at the corners, which could be outlets to diffuse the pressure at the rear wheels. Rounding things up is the location of the car’s exhaust tips, now positioned in the middle and in a triple-exhaust pipe configuration with two bigger outer pipes flanking a smaller centre one.

So there you go – the next-generation Honda Civic Type R hatchback. The current version could be making its way to Malaysia soon, but would you wait for this one instead?