2017-civic-hatchback

The 2017 Honda Civic five-door hatchback has been spotted US-bound at the Southampton docks in the United Kingdom, fully undisguised, courtesy of the CivicX forum. The hatchback will be built at Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK for markets worldwide. It shares its platform and interior layout with its sedan and coupe siblings, which are already on sale in the US.

There still aren’t pictures of the Civic hatchback’s interior. However, judging from an earlier spyshot, the dashboard architecture appears to be near-identical to the sedan’s. Front-end styling, too, appears to draw heavily from the sedan’s. Further salong, the key difference between the sedan and the hatchback appears aft of the B-pillar, where the hatchback’s rear doors have been redesigned to suit the different roofline.

For starters, the five-door hatchback Civic is expected be available in the US in 174 hp, 1.5 litre turbo guise, paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission, as well as a more powerful 2.0 litre turbocharged engine later on. If there is demand for a more entry-level Civic, a naturally-aspirated i-VTEC engine variant is also likely.

Meanwhile, for the European market, the tenth-generation Honda Civic Hatchback is expected to use 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.

Interestingly for our part of the world, the Civic hatchback has been confirmed for assembly in Thailand, which makes a Malaysia market entrance a possibility; Malaysia has typically only received the sedan body-style for Honda’s C-segment model.

GALLERY: Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype

GALLERY: 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback patent images