Civic Hatchback Prototype

According to Car Advice, the all-new Civic Sedan will arrive in Australia before the middle of this year, followed by hatchback version in early 2017. What’s more interesting is, both models are confirmed to be built in Thailand, taking full advantage of Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with the country.

Though we’ve yet to see the tenth-generation Honda Civic Hatchback in production guise, this bit of news certainly opens up the possibility that the Civic hatch will make its way to us here in Malaysia. In Australia, the current Civic Hatchback is sourced from the UK.

The tenth-gen Civic Hatchback was previewed by the Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Patent images of the production car soon found their way onto the internet shortly after, which remained largely faithful to the concept’s design.

Civic Hatchback Prototype

Honda Malaysia recently announced that it will launch two new CKD models this year, with the all-new Civic and Accord facelift being highly possible models. A Civic hatch being added to that line-up in the future would certainly add an interesting spin on the C-segment model, one that would compete against the likes of the Mazda 3 hatchback that is currently offered (also a CKD model).

The Australian-spec tenth-gen Civic Sedan mirrors the Thai-spec model in terms of powertrain offerings. The first is a 1.8 litre i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, while the more interesting proposition is the first-ever 1.5 litre turbocharged EarthDreams four-cylinder unit. A CVT is mated to both engines for the Thai market, but it is yet unclear if the Australians will get a six-speed manual option as well.

GALLERY: Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype

GALLERY: 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback patent images