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On display at the Honda stand at the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) is the Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype, which first made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year.

Now, it is not unusual for a regional motor show to feature show cars previewing production models which are not coming to said region – see, for example, the Honda EV-STER, which previewed the S660 kei roadster, displayed at the 2013 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) – but this one’s a bit different.

You see, Honda Australia has confirmed that it will receive the Civic hatch in the first half of next year. That’s not big news in itself, as the current five-door is also sold Down Under – but while that car comes all the way from Swindon, UK, the next generation will be built just up north from us in Thailand.

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This means that the upcoming Civic hatch will almost certainly be offered for sale in ASEAN markets, as it wouldn’t make much sense for the Thai plant to build a model solely for sale in Australia. The question of whether Malaysia will receive it is a bit more difficult to answer – our Civic sedan is locally-assembled – but it’s certainly a more likely proposition now than if the car came all the way from the UK.

When the Civic hatch does go on sale in Australia, it will be offered with the same 139 hp/174 Nm 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated i-VTEC and 170 hp/220 Nm 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder petrol engines and continuously variable transmission (CVT) as the sedan, and the rest of the region in general.

Civic Hatchback concept vs production (right) – click to enlarge

As for the show car itself, the matte grey Prototype is exactly like how you’d imagine a truncated Civic sedan would look like – there’s no boot, obviously, but the low-slung roofline remains, as do the distinctive C-shaped tail lights. The hatch gains pronounced rear haunches to differentiate it from its four-door sibling.

The outlandish bodykit seen here will apparently make it onto production models pretty much unscathed – as seen in spyshots and patent drawings – with only the green highlights, massive wheels and twin centre exhaust exits not making the cut.


GALLERY: Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype official images