We drove the 10th generation Honda Civic saloon a couple of weeks ago and were suitably impressed. And from the prototype shown at this year’s Geneva Show, we know a hatchback version is in the works. This week, our spy snapper has spotted one testing and has managed to get clear shots of the interior as well.
While previous pictures had shown a test mule with centrally mounted tailpipes and aggressive boduy kit, this prototype seems to be more in line with the one shown at Geneva. Although it wears a bit of camouflage, it doesn’t hide the overall shape of the car. The front seems to sport exactly the same design as that of the saloon with bi-xenon projector headlights and large air intakes, while at the rear, there are two spoliers – one below the tailgate window and a smaller one further up near the shark fin antenna. The angular C-shaped taillights seem to have been tweaked a bit to go well with the hatchback’s lines. Just as with the saloon, expect to see full LED light units in top grade models.
There are shots of the cabin too, but there are no surprises there, as the interior looks pretty much the same as that of the saloon. It will be powered by the same 1.5-litre turbocharged four-pot that’s in the saloon’s engine bay, but we hope it will be mated to a six-speed manual instead of the CVT.
While the hatchback is expected to go on sale later this year, Honda is also working on two more powerful versions, an Si and a Type R, both likely to be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot that makes 305 horsepower in the current Type-R. So expect the new model to make at least that much or even more.