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by Brett Davis

Honda has released a teaser image of the new 2012 Honda Civic hatch it plans to unveil at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. The teaser shot previews the all-new rear hatch design.

The new 2012 Honda Civic hatch has been designed for the European market and will come in five-door hatch form only. Honda says the next-generation model will showcase a more aerodynamic body with a rear hatch that combines a brake light and spoiler into one contour.

Honda also says the new 2012 Honda Civic hatch will offer improved ride and handling compared with the current Honda Civic Si hatch, while also boasting improvements in fuel economy and producing fewer tailpipe emissions. All new manual versions will come with stop/start technology.

As for new engines, the new Honda Civic Si diesel will feature a revised 2.2-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder unit producing 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Emissions and fuel consumption figures are expected to be 110 grams of CO2 per kilometre and 4.7L/100km, respectively.

As previously reported, Honda Australia is yet to finalise a decision on whether to bring the new Si i-DTEC diesel to our shores. Although Honda Australia has not yet confirmed a local launch of the petrol 2012 Honda Civic hatch, European showrooms will welcome the new model during the beginning of 2012.

In the meantime, potential Honda Civic customers should be reminded the current Honda Civic hatch models (including Type R) are now available at drive away prices, starting at $29,990 drive away (for manual non-metallic Si). Follow this link for our full Honda Civic Si review.

Stay tuned for our complete 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show coverage on September 13.