Honda has revealed the first photo of its Civic hatchback, and we have to admit it looks rather tasty. Joining the new saloon body style, this hatch version of the 10th-generation Civic will be sold in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims, in most international markets. Middle Eastern specifications are yet to be confirmed.

More good news comes in the shape of the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which will be standard across the range. The engine will deliver 174-horsepower in the base trims, and somewhat fittingly, about 180 horsepower in the, er, sportier Sport model. Torque remains unaltered at 220Nm.
Further on the mechanical front, the Civic hatch, at least in most other markets will be available with a manual gearbox. However, we wouldn’t hold our breath because in our manual-averse market, the cars are likely to be burdened with the dreadful CVT.
Cosmetically, the hatch could be the best-looking model in the Civic range. There’s a rear spoiler that runs the length of the taillights, while there’s a smaller one sprouting from the roof, ensuring you have adequate rear downforce in your front-wheel drive car. For further drama, the twin exhaust pipes are now centrally placed, just like in a Ferrari 488 and the Lamborghini Aventador.

Equipment levels are expected to mirror what’s available in the models currently on sale, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto coming as standard. There will be the usual array of safety kit that Honda rightly packs in its every model, irrespective of the trim.

This might not be the hottest hatch on the market, but Honda finally seems to be on the right path in at least attempting to inject some excitement in its cars. Bring on the next S2000.