The next-generation Civic hatchback makes its debut in prototype form and the design of the prototype heralds a significant step-change from previous versions of Honda‘s core model. Instead the prototype focuses on provocative design and rewarding driving dynamics.
Compared to the ninth generation currently on sale, this concept is stronger, sharper, and more sculpted throughout, but especially up front. Proportions increase as the new car is 5.1 inches longer, 1.8 inches wider, and sits 0.7 inches lower.
Honda will only offer the production Civic Hatchback with its 174-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four; not the 158-hp 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four offered in the sedan and coupe. With an optional 6-speed manual, Honda is aiming this car at those who love driving. While the Si and Type-R will only be offered in the hatchback body style.
Daisuke Tsutamori, Project Leader for the styling of the Prototype provided an insight into how the distinctive design was conceived and realised: “We knew that we needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European compact styling while staying true to the original Civic’s core values; a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”
Designed and developed for the European market, the 10th generation Civic is scheduled for a European launch early in 2017. The five-door hatchback variant will be produced by Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), and will be exported to global markets including the United States.