The next-generation Honda Civic hatchback has been spotted out during testing in the European Alps.
These latest photos seem to be of entry- or mid-spec variants in the tenth-generation Civic hatchback range. The new five-door looks as though it employs the same front-end as the sedan that just launched in Australia, with full-LED headlights flanking a winged chrome grille.
At the rear, the tenth-generation Civic hatch has a much shorter overhang than its sedan sibling. Stylistically it will be similar to the concept car that was revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show, including a large set of LED tail-lights that blend into the car’s rear spoiler.
In February, a prototype of a higher spec model, possibly a warm hatch variant, was spotted with twin central exhaust tips, larger alloy wheels, and a sports body kit.
Last year, development versions of the new Civic Type R were seen on the Nurburgring. To accompany the 231kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the bonnet, the new Type R has an aggressive body kit, a tall rear spoiler, flared wheel arches and a three-outlet exhaust system.
Bread and butter versions of the Euro-market Civic hatch will be powered by turbocharged 95kW/200Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 150kW/260Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engines. A diesel option will also be offered in Europe and other markets, however considering the new sedan isn’t currently offered with an oiler unit, it’s an unlikely starter for Australia.
The new Civic hatch is expected to make its in-the-flesh debut at the 2016 Paris motor show, which commences at the beginning of October.
To be produced in Thailand alongside the new sedan (instead of the UK), the new five-door has been confirmed for Australia, however timing has yet to be confirmed.