Honda has announced specifications and pricing for the 2017 Civic hatch.
Like the Civic sedan, there will be five model variants, with two engine options all mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
As with the Honda Civic sedan, hatch buyers have the choice of the all-new 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine in VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX variants, or the 1.8-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder engine in VTi and VTi-S variants.
“With the Honda Civic sedan laying a really strong foundation for our ‘One Civic’ plan during 2016, the arrival of the hatch bodystyle will ensure customers know the Honda Civic is well and truly back in the small car game,” Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins said.
“Our target is to win the hearts and minds of private buyers with the all-new Honda Civic, and the sedan has certainly done that, achieving well over 20 per cent segment share since launch. So we expect private customers will put the Honda Civic hatch on their shopping list as well, as it’s an equally strong offering.”
The Honda Civic hatch shares its front-end styling and wheelbase with the sedan variant, however, from the B-pillars rearwards, it is unique. There is a taller rear roofline that will offer better cargo space, while the rear overhang is shorter.
All hatch models will feature a body-coloured upper tailgate spoiler and a black lower rear spoiler, along with Piano Black front grille and B-pillar exterior finishes, and a sporty interior environment with dark roof lining and pillar trims.
Pricing for the hatch line-up also mirrors that of the sedan with the exception of the sporty RS, which has had a $500 increase. The RS does come with exclusive equipment to offset the extra expense.
The Civic RS hatch is differentiated by with an aggressive ‘Type R’ style twin exhaust system, finished with chrome exhaust outlets. The RS hatch also comes standard with a full lower body kit in Piano Black encompassing a front under spoiler, side skirts and rear under spoiler, plus dark chrome treatment for the exterior door handles.
The Honda Civic hatch will officially go on sale in May.
2017 Honda Civic hatch pricing (excluding on-road costs)
VTi 1.8 CVT – $22,390
VTi-S 1.8 CVT – $24,490
VTi-L 1.5T CVT – $27,790
RS 1.5T CVT – $32,290
VTi-LX 1.5T CVT – $33,590
Let’s start a Car Conversation, will the addition of a hatch give the Civic more firepower to take on the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3? Is anyone hanging out to purchase a Civic hatch?