The new Honda Civic hatchback has been revealed in EU trim ahead of its debut at the 2016 Paris motor show, press previews for which begin at the end of this month.
The main visual differences between these two versions of the hatch relate to elimination of the red and amber side markers required for the US market model. We also get to see the hatch in a new colour and with a different set of alloy wheels.
In the UK, the Civic hatch will be offered with the choice of two turbocharged petrol engines: a 95kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder, and a 134kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder, both of which can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a CVT.
A 1.6-litre turbo-diesel with 89kW of power will also be available.
The new hatch measures 4497mm long, 1800mm wide, 1421mm tall, and sits on a 2700mm wheelbase. The hatch is the tallest version of the new Civic to date, with its roof standing 11mm higher off the ground than the sedan’s.
In terms of length, the Civic hatch is just 7mm longer than the two-door coupe, and 133mm shorter than the sedan. Naturally it shares its width and wheelbase with the coupe and sedan variants that are already on sale throughout the world.
Compared to the soon to be superseded Jazz-based Civic hatch, the new version is 197mm longer, 30mm wider, 169mm less tall, and rides on a 105mm longer wheelbase.
The UK-built Civic hatch will be joined down the track by a Type R variant, which will use a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot, as well as a wagon model.
The new Civic hatch will enter Australian showrooms in early 2017. It will be available with the same naturally aspirated 1.8-litre and turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engines used on Australia-bound sedans.