The all-new Honda Civic hatch, 2017 model year, has been shown for the first time ahead of its public appearance at the 2016 Paris International Motor Show. This follows the recent South African launch of the sedan version that debuted with a new turbo engine. As IN4RIDE reported then, it is not certain that the hatch will arrive in Mzansi, given that most Civics sold here have been sedans.


Regardless, it’s good to know a bit about the car, just in case. So Civic hatch has grown 1.3cm longer, 3cm wider but also 2cm lower than its predecessor, which means that while it’s bigger, it sits with a sportier stance.


In keeping with the modern design trends, Honda went quite edgy with the hatch design. Lots of sharp convex and concave lines all the way from the front grille to the sides and the rear. Two central tailpipes figure prominently at the back end, along with the large rear lights that act like a pair of clamps around the boot spoiler.


The interior is shared with the sedan and includes a new HMI infotainment system with HDMI, USB and auxiliary connections, as well as Bluetooth connectivity among others. The 17.8cm touch screen should work very well as it does in the sedan, and depending on the country, some models will be available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integrated.


As far as engines are concerned, the Civic hatch carries the same units as the sedan, again depending on the market. That means new turbocharged motors displacing 1.0-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre, some petrol and some diesel. Gearboxes are a 6-speed manual and a smooth CVT.


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