You’ve seen the new CR-V – the main event at Honda’s 2017 Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) booth – now let’s focus our attention on the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, which was launched earlier this month in Thailand. Like the folks at Honda Malaysia, their Thai counterparts must also think that rest is for the weak.

This is the five-door hatch version of the latest Civic FC, and it’s available here in a sole 1.5L Turbo CVT variant, priced at 1.169 million baht (RM149,620). The L15B7 turbo-four produces 173 PS at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. Unlike North America and Europe, there’s no six-speed manual option for Thailand. Paddle shifters, yes.

The Civic Hatchback’s styling is differentiated from the sedan with unique front and rear bumpers that have large, faux inlets and outlets, the latter of which is fitted with fog lamps. Meanwhile, the shortened rear hosts a tailgate and roof spoiler and C-shaped taillights. Too busy for me, like what you see?

Dimension wise, the hatchback shares the same width (1,798 mm) and wheelbase (2,700 mm) as the sedan, but it’s taller (+20 mm) and shorter by 112 mm. The hatchback also trades some rear passenger space for extra cargo room, where a claimed 727 litres is available with the rear seats up, against the booted car’s 519 litres. A temporary spare tyre is under the boot floor.

Standard kit include 17-inch alloys (with 215/50 tyres), LED headlights/DRLs/fog lamps, dual-zone air-con, a digital instrument panel, seven-inch touchscreen head unit (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), paddle shifters, multi-function steering wheel and black leather upholstery.

Also in are smart entry and push button start, remote engine start, cruise control, auto brake hold, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, reverse camera, and powered front seats. Safety-wise, the Civic Hatch comes with six airbags, VSA and Hill Start Assist.

Black Burgundy Night Pearl is the signature colour for the bodystyle, and it’s a 6,000 baht option. Also 6k baht dearer is Crystal Black Pearl, while the Orchid White Pearl hue you see here is a 10,000 baht option.

Honda is clearly trying to lure performance hatchback fans with this one, having placed a Volkswagen Scirocco as the villain in the Thai ad for the Civic Hatch. Want it in Malaysia?