2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

The new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback finally arrives on the US
market. After a long hiatus, Honda is set to bring back the
Civic Hatchback to the US. You won’t believe that the last time
Honda offered a Civic hatchback in the US was in 2003 when the
automaker offered a 2-door Civic Si. A non Si Civic hatchback
was last offered in 2000 with the 6th-gen Honda
Civic. Since then, enthusiasts have been hoping the automaker
would bring back the hatch. Finally, the automaker seems to
have heard their pleas as it is now confirmed that the Civic
Hatchback will hit the US shores this fall.

Already, we have captured the models being loaded to a ship
destined to the States. The good news does not end there, Honda
has revealed that the hatch will form the basis for a sporty
Civic Type-R set to show face sometimes next year as a 2018
model car. Read along for more information:

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior

Except for the rear, the hatch looks identical to the coupe. At
the front, the hatch comes with an attractive fascia that looks
futuristic. The hatch looks to have a new mesh grille insert
while its broad bumper has a black finish as opposed to silver
as is the case on the coupe and sedan. The grille is also
flanked by LED headlights which are standard on higher trims
and optional on lower trims.

On the flanks, the model features two prominent character
creases and heated side mirrors. On the rear, the Civic hatch
features C-shaped tail lamps and hoodlines that look identical
to front fenders. The rear also features large mesh inserts and
a trailing roof spoiler which augurs well with the gently
falling roofline.

The rear end is finished off with a diffuser-looking surround
for the new dual-exhaust tips which are centrally mounted.
Overall, the exterior of the hatch looks quite aggressive and
will surely be a hit among many hatchback enthusiasts.

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior

While we have seen the exterior of the car, the interior is
still a mystery. However, I expect the hatch interior to
largely borrow from the sedan and the coupe. I expect the
floating center console, digital instrument cluster and a
touch-screen display featured in the coupe and sedan to make it
to the hatch. According to Honda, the hatch will offer a 122.9
cubic feet of interior space with a rear legroom spanning a
whole 36 inches which means rear passengers will enjoy riding
in the hatch.

The model will also feature Honda’s Display Audio featuring
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay starting on the EX trim and
other higher trims. This is a bit of a letdown as automakers
are moving to offer infotainment systems as standard
features.  There are reports that there will be an option
for power seats as well as heated front and rear seats.

In terms of safety, Honda’s Sensing package which features
adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and forward collision
warning with automatic emergency braking will be offered as an
option to all trim levels except the Sport trim where it is
offered as standard.

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Engine Specs and performance

Under the hood, the Civic hatchback will feature a single
engine. The Mill is the turbocharged 1.5 L, 4-cylinder engine
which is offered as an option on the Civic sedan and coupe. The
all-aluminum unit features direct injection. It pumps out 174
horses and 162 lb-ft of torque.  However, for the Sport
and Sport Touring trims, the automaker has added an upgraded
high-flow exhaust that helps improve output to 180 horses.

The engine is mated to a CVT system as standard, however, for
the LX. Sport and EX trims, it is now possible to order the
Civic with a 6-speed Manual gearbox, a relief for many
enthusiasts. However, if you are looking for a frugal Civic,
then opt for the CVT which is rated to return 31 mpg in city 40
mpg on highway and 34 mpg on combined drives.

If you are in the market for a performance-oriented hatch, you
might want to wait for a little bit longer for the next-gen
Honda Civic Type-R which is also coming to the States. The
Type-R will be based on this Civic hatchback. The model will
come packed with a 340 hp power-plant. A Civic Si hatch based
on either the coupe or the sedan will also be on offer in 2017.

 

Price and release date

Honda is yet to announce official prices of the
hatchback.  Since the model has been missing in the US
market for years, there are no price statistics to compare it
with leaving us with no choice but to cross borders to Europe.

In Europe, the outgoing hatch starts at £14,470 equivalent to
$18,634. With this information, we believe a starting price of
around $20,000 in the U.S.A. market is a good guess. The hatch
will hit dealerships this fall.

Competition

When it hits dealerships, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback will
meet stiff competition from the likes of Volkswagen
Golf and Opel
Astra.