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Following the Honda Civic hatchback’s American debut last month, the Swindon, UK-built Honda has made its European market debut ahead of the Paris Motor Show, featuring a duo of turbocharged petrol engines: a 180 hp, 1.5 litre four-cylinder (the unit in the Malaysian Civic sedan produces 173 PS and 220 Nm), and a new, 127 hp 1.0 litre three-cylinder unit.

A development of the current 1.6 litre turbodiesel will also be in the line-up, which is expected to gain emissions and performance improvements. For Europe, both the six-speed manual and continuously variable transmission (CVT) options will be available.

Inside, the Civic hatchback adopts a 60:40 split-folding rear seat bench; with them in position, the luggage compartment holds 478 litres. There are three audio systems to choose from, with four, eight or 11 speakers. All audio systems will work with a seven-inch infotainment unit which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mobile device integration.

A host of driver assistance functions are also in place for the Civic hatchback, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistant, forward collision warning, blind spot information, and a collision mitigating braking system.

The UK-built Civic hatchback is set to be exported to over 70 countries worldwide, and the first batches have already arrived in North America. The model will also be produced in Thailand, for the ASEAN markets.

However, for the Malaysian market, the Civic hatchback hasn’t figured into the the product plan yet, though that may change if Honda Malaysia deems there is sufficient demand for it. Fancy a Civic hatchback in Malaysia? Make your voices heard.

For more on the Civic’s sedan sibling, click this way for our Malaysian drive report.