2017 Honda Civic hatchback has increased proportions, sharper design language and comes powered by 129 bhp 1.0L and 182 bhp 1.5L engines
Honda has officially revealed the details and pictures of the tenth generation Civic hatchback for the European market ahead of its world premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show at the end of this month. The potent five-door model will make way for a hotter Type R and new Civic Tourer estate but some variants will be restricted to the United Sates only.
The European new-gen Civic hatchback will be manufactured at the company’s UK base in Swindon which acts as global production hub. Honda pumped huge money for new production processes and technologies to speed up the working environment. Majority of the Civic’s production will be exported to North America and Europe at 40 percent respectively while the remaining will be dedicated to UK customers.
The new Civic hatchback weighs 16 kilograms lighter courtesy of the high-efficiency joining techniques which made the car 52 percent stiffer when compared to the last generation model. It measures 4,497 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width, 1,421 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. Comparatively, it is 130 mm longer, 20 mm lower and 30 mm wider with increased wheelbase of 30 mm.
Due to the increased wheelbase, the interior space has certainly grown with rear legroom at 95 mm. The bootspace volume is claimed at 478 litres and the rear seats can be split into 60:40 ratio. Honda has made available the new Civic hatchback with two turbo-petrol engines. An entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder mill generates 129 bhp while the 1.5-litre four-pot makes 182 bhp.
The engines will be coupled with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. While no hybrid drivetrain is planned initially, the new platform is set to give birth to such technologies in the future. The 1.6-litre motor developing 120 hp will be uprated to give higher output and reduced emissions as well.
On the inside, the all-new Civic five-door hatchback comprises of a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with second-generation Connect systems, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay provisions, optional Garmin satellite navigation, option between four-speaker 160W, eight-speaker 180W and a premium unit with 11 speakers.