A few days after an enthusiast forum dropped images of the new Civic Hatchback, Honda is releasing official details about the model. The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall, and it will receive a single engine option unlike its sedan and coupe siblings.
Buyers choose between five trims – LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring. All Honda Civic hatchbacks sold in the U.S. will pack a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. On most models, the engine is tuned to make 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, matching the standard Civic. Sport and Sport Touring grades, which feature a high-flow center-mounted exhaust, deliver 180 hp.
Honda expects its Civic hatchback to top out at 31/40 mpg city/highway when equipped with the CVT transmission. That’s slightly below the 31/42 mpg rating for the 2016 Honda Civic sedan with the 1.5-liter turbo. LX, Sport, and EX trims are available with a six-speed manual.
Although we don’t yet know all the details, Civic hatches will offer the gamut of Honda Sensing features, including collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. Other features to look for include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, heated front seats, remote engine start, and power driver and front passenger seats. On the top-of-the-line Sport Touring, Honda Sensing, smartphone integration, and LED headlights are standard.
Honda says the hatchback will offer 122.9 cu. ft. of interior space. Rear seat legroom is pegged at 36 inches, compared to 37.4 inches for the current Civic sedan.
Honda makes the Civic sedan here in the U.S., but it looks like that won’t be the case for the five-door version. Honda will only build the Civic hatch at its manufacturing plant in Swindon, U.K. Meanwhile, a hotted-up Civic Type R is still slated to launch in the U.S. market next year.
Pictured below is the Honda Civic Hatchback Concept.