Honda gave a very clear indication of the five-door's style with the Civic Hatchback Prototype at the recent Geneva motor show, but it wasn't entirely obvious how many of the show car's styling elements would carry over into the production version.
Both the car rendered in the patent filing and the Geneva prototype feature the same exaggerated faux air intakes and vents on the front and rear bumpers.
It's probably safe to assume the production version of the hatch won't feature the concept's gloss black treatment for its vents, intakes, front splitter, rear spoiler, and diffuser. The concept's turbine-style alloy wheels and lime green highlights will also likely be lost in the transition into production.
The new hatch shares its underpinnings, as well as much of its exterior, with the sedan. The key differences between the two are at the rear, with the hatch featuring a much a shorter overhang than its sedan sibling.
Yesterday, CarAdvice.com.au got its first look at the Thai-built Australian-spec Honda Civic sedan, which will go on sale from around the middle of the year.
The Civic hatch should follow it into local showrooms from early 2017, with the next-gen Civic Type R set to arrive before 2018 rolls around.
Base versions of the sedan will feature a 1.8-litre with around 110kW/180Nm. Upscale models will be powered by a new 1.5-litre turbocharged EarthDreams engine with 130kW/220Nm.