Very late last night, Honda revealed the production-ready 2017 Civic Hatchback because they don’t want me to sleep. Okay, okay kidding aside this is pretty important. Honda fans have been waiting with baited breath for a while now to see how the new Civic Hatchback would turn out after getting glimpses at some wild concepts. Now, we finally get an eye-full of fresh Civic. Personally, I think the first thing that stands out is the fact that the hatchback has four doors. Typically Civic hatchbacks in America have been a two-door affair. I mean, if you need more doors then get a sedan right? Well, it looks like Honda disagrees. Why? Honda contends that a 5-door hatchback is more “versatile”. As someone who has had to squeeze into the backseat of a hatchback more than a few times, I’m inclined to agree with that.
Anyhow enough about the doors, there is much more to talk about here. Honda has confirmed that the hatchback you see here will be the basis for the yet-to-come Civic Type R hatchback. So, if you were wondering what the next Type R hatch will look like, this car will give you a pretty good idea of that. Though its hard to imagine how much more aggressive Honda can get with this type of styling. The other big piece of news is that all trims of the 2017 Civic Hatchback will come with a 1.5 liter turbocharged engine. EX, LX, and EX-L trims will come with a 174hp tune while the “Sport” and “Sport Touring” trims will get an extra 6hp bump brining the grand total to 180 for all you math majors out there.
A CVT transmission will be standard but LX, EX, and Sport trims will have the option of a six-speed manual transmission. The 2017 Civic Hatchback will have a fully independent suspension and a lighter chassis than, well, I guess I can’t say “previous” hatchback because this is the first 5 door Civic hatch for America. Let’s just say the chassis has been built to be light weight then, shall we?
Honda has only released three pictures (so far) but I have to say that I think I like the new look. For a moment, I found the extra doors a bit jarring but taking a glance at the profile view, the rear doors don’t seem to disrupt the new Civic’s shape very much at all.
If you’d like a closer look yourself just go ahead and click on any of the thumbnail pictures for HD resolution shots. For more info check out the official press release below. With that said, what do you think about the new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback? Love it? Hate it? What about the new turbocharged engine? Are you glad that Honda is finally embracing forced induction or do you wish they kept it NA? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us @MotorworldHype.
Aug 15, 2016
- First 5-door Hatchback for Civic lineup in the U.S.
- Civic Hatchback combines Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility
- All models powered by 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbo engine
- Civic Hatchback will serve as the basis for radical new Civic Type-R
TORRANCE – Arriving this fall in North America, the 2017 Civic Hatchback is the latest addition to the much-heralded 10th-generation Honda Civic lineup, joining the 2016 North American Car of the Year – the Civic Sedan, and the Civic Coupe that launched earlier this year. The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback combines striking, Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility with the Civic’s world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology. The Civic Hatchback, scheduled to arrive this fall at Honda dealers nationwide, also will serve as the basis for the radical new Civic Type-R launching in the U.S. in 2017.
“The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Now, we’re bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model.”
Built on the same world-class platform as the 10th-generation Civic Sedan and Coupe, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback offers an appealing combination of sporty styling, efficiency, interior utility and premium features. The Civic Hatchback will be available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims, and will feature a single engine for the U.S. market: a 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder with peak output of 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in LX, EX and EX-L trims and 180 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in the Sport and an all-new Sport Touring grade, which feature a high-flow center-mounted exhaust.
The turbocharged engine will be offered with either a sporty CVT (all trims) or a performance-inspired 6-speed manual transmission (LX, Sport, and EX trims). Anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 31/40/34 mpg (city/highway/combined) for CVT-equipped models, based on the newer, more stringent model year 2017 EPA ratings requirements, put the 5-door Honda Civic Hatchback at the top of its class.
Working in concert with the Honda turbocharged powertrain is the Civic’s more rigid and lightweight body and sophisticated chassis design, featuring a fully independent suspension system with liquid filled bushings, front and rear; sport-tuned electronic power steering with variable gear ratios; and powerful 4-channel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Hill Start Assist.
The interior of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback carries through on the modern, sophisticated and premium quality of the 10th-generation Civic lineup, with high-grade materials and finishes applied liberally throughout. In terms of packaging, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback delivers class-leading volume and cargo capacity, including a roomy interior (122.9 cu. ft.), best rear seat legroom (36.0 inches) and largest cargo carrying capacity in the competitive set.
Available on most trims (and standard on Sport Touring) will be the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) integrated with CMBS, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning integrated with RDM and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow. Other available features include Honda Display Audio with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (EX and above trims), heated front seats and heated side mirrors, power driver and front-passenger seats, remote engine start and more.
The Civic Hatchback’s all-new Sport Touring grade makes Honda Sensing™, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and LED headlights as standard equipment, while adding heated rear seats and other features.
The Civic Hatchback will target top-class safety ratings – an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating with a GOOD rating in all crash test modes and a SUPERIOR rating in frontal crash prevention, when equipped with Honda Sensing.
The 2017 Civic Hatchback was developed jointly by Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be manufactured exclusively by Honda of the UK Manufacturing in its Swindon, UK plant.
For more information about the 10th-Generation Honda Civic Sedan, Coupe and new Civic Hatchback please visit http://hondanews.com/channels/civic.
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic and Accord passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 33 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2015, more than 99 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
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