Honda Civic 4

The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback has been sighted undergoing testing again. This time, several prototypes, accompanied by a wrapped-up Civic Sedan, are seen making their rounds in the European Alps.

Similar to our earlier spyshots, the test mules seen here appear to be the less powerful offering of the Civic Hatchback. The absence of centrally-mounted exhausts, a large rear wing and an aggressive body kit as seen on a previous (possible) Type R prototype are just some of the indicators.

Based on the images here, the standard Civic Hatchback looks to adopt the Sedan’s front-end styling. This includes the full LED headlamps, which are clearly visible here, as well as a chromed wing grille and large faux inlets.

Honda Civic 8

The main difference between the Hatchback and Sedan takes place aft of the B-pillar, where the doors on the former appear to be slightly redesigned to accommodate the shortened rear. The tail lamp design from the Civic Sedan has also been reshaped to match the new body style here, blending into a spoiler element.

A secondary spoiler is also seen near the roof as well, just behind the roof-mounted shark fin antennae. The rear bumper meanwhile, gets thin slats, possibly for the rear fog lamp or reflectors. Additionally, the protrusions at both ends of the bumper can now be seen more clearly, a design cue seen on the Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype and earlier patent images.

No shots of the interior, but based on an earlier spyshot, it appears that the Civic Hatchback will adopt the Sedan’s layout in its entirety. Expect features like a digital instrument cluster, multi-function steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment unit and an electronic parking brake to be fitted on the production car.

Honda Civic 1

For the European market, the tenth-generation Honda Civic Hatchback is expected to be powered by a 1.0 litre three-cylinder turbocharged VTEC engine (127 hp and 200 Nm), a more powerful 1.5 litre direct-injected turbocharged four-pot (201 hp and 260 Nm) and an updated version of the existing 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine to be offered.

The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is expected to make its global premiere at this year’s Paris Auto Show in October. The model will also be offered in other markets soon after, with production set to take place at Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK.

Closer to our part of the world, it has been reported that the hatchback will also be manufactured in neighbouring Thailand, alongside the Civic Sedan, which does open up the possibility that the body style might be offered to us Malaysians.