The new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback finally arrives on the US market. After a long hiatus, Honda is set to bring back the Civic Hatchback to the US. You won’t believe that the last time Honda offered a Civic hatchback in the US was in 2003 when the automaker offered a 2-door Civic Si. A non Si Civic hatchback was last offered in 2000 with the 6th-gen Honda Civic. Since then, enthusiasts have been hoping the automaker would bring back the hatch. Finally, the automaker seems to have heard their pleas as it is now confirmed that the Civic Hatchback will hit the US shores this fall.
Already, we have captured the models being loaded to a ship destined to the States. The good news does not end there, Honda has revealed that the hatch will form the basis for a sporty Civic Type-R set to show face sometimes next year as a 2018 model car. Read along for more information:
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior
Except for the rear, the hatch looks identical to the coupe. At the front, the hatch comes with an attractive fascia that looks futuristic. The hatch looks to have a new mesh grille insert while its broad bumper has a black finish as opposed to silver as is the case on the coupe and sedan. The grille is also flanked by LED headlights which are standard on higher trims and optional on lower trims.
On the flanks, the model features two prominent character creases and heated side mirrors. On the rear, the Civic hatch features C-shaped tail lamps and hoodlines that look identical to front fenders. The rear also features large mesh inserts and a trailing roof spoiler which augurs well with the gently falling roofline.
The rear end is finished off with a diffuser-looking surround for the new dual-exhaust tips which are centrally mounted. Overall, the exterior of the hatch looks quite aggressive and will surely be a hit among many hatchback enthusiasts.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior
While we have seen the exterior of the car, the interior is still a mystery. However, I expect the hatch interior to largely borrow from the sedan and the coupe. I expect the floating center console, digital instrument cluster and a touch-screen display featured in the coupe and sedan to make it to the hatch. According to Honda, the hatch will offer a 122.9 cubic feet of interior space with a rear legroom spanning a whole 36 inches which means rear passengers will enjoy riding in the hatch.
The model will also feature Honda’s Display Audio featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay starting on the EX trim and other higher trims. This is a bit of a letdown as automakers are moving to offer infotainment systems as standard features. There are reports that there will be an option for power seats as well as heated front and rear seats.
In terms of safety, Honda’s Sensing package which features adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking will be offered as an option to all trim levels except the Sport trim where it is offered as standard.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the Civic hatchback will feature a single engine. The Mill is the turbocharged 1.5 L, 4-cylinder engine which is offered as an option on the Civic sedan and coupe. The all-aluminum unit features direct injection. It pumps out 174 horses and 162 lb-ft of torque. However, for the Sport and Sport Touring trims, the automaker has added an upgraded high-flow exhaust that helps improve output to 180 horses.
The engine is mated to a CVT system as standard, however, for the LX. Sport and EX trims, it is now possible to order the Civic with a 6-speed Manual gearbox, a relief for many enthusiasts. However, if you are looking for a frugal Civic, then opt for the CVT which is rated to return 31 mpg in city 40 mpg on highway and 34 mpg on combined drives.
If you are in the market for a performance-oriented hatch, you might want to wait for a little bit longer for the next-gen Honda Civic Type-R which is also coming to the States. The Type-R will be based on this Civic hatchback. The model will come packed with a 340 hp power-plant. A Civic Si hatch based on either the coupe or the sedan will also be on offer in 2017.
Price and release date
Honda is yet to announce official prices of the hatchback. Since the model has been missing in the US market for years, there are no price statistics to compare it with leaving us with no choice but to cross borders to Europe.
In Europe, the outgoing hatch starts at £14,470 equivalent to $18,634. With this information, we believe a starting price of around $20,000 in the U.S.A. market is a good guess. The hatch will hit dealerships this fall.
When it hits dealerships, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback will meet stiff competition from the likes of Volkswagen Golf and Opel Astra.