Honda Australia has delivered a major surprise with the upcoming Honda Civic hatch, slashing more than $7000 from the price of the entry-level model.
Honda today confirmed the all-new UK-built Civic hatch would start at $22,650 before on-road costs when it arrives in Australia in June, down $7340 from the outgoing Civic Si base model, which is priced from $29,990.
The sharp pricing makes the new Civic hatch more than $16,000 cheaper than the initial price of the Civic Si hatch, which started at $38,990 when it was introduced to Australia in 2009.
The new Honda Civic hatch is powered by a mildly revised version of the old model’s 1.8-litre engine, producing 104kW of power and 174Nm of torque. The six-speed manual uses 6.1 litres of fuel per 100km while the five-speed automatic uses 6.5L/100km.
The base model VTi-S is available with both transmissions while the high-grade VTi-L is available exclusively with the automatic from $29,990 before on-roads.
The heavily revised pricing brings the new hatch closer to the recently launched Honda Civic sedan line-up, which ranges from $20,990 for the VTi-L manual to $27,990 for the Sport automatic.
As previously reported, the VTi-S will include a USB input and iPod integration while the range-topping VTi-L will offer leather upholstery, heated front seats and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Full specifications will be revealed at the local launch of the Honda Civic hatch next month.
2012 Honda Civic hatch prices:
Note: Overseas model pictured.