Future Models - Honda 2017 Civic
Geneva show: Honda hatches Civic reveal
Sporty rear: The Civic hatchback will be revealed at Geneva, but Honda is calling it a 'prototype'.
Tenth-gen Honda Civic hatchback to be showcased at Swiss motor show
11 February 2016
HONDA has announced that it will rip the covers off the hatchback version of
its tenth-generation Civic at this year's Geneva motor show.
While the sedan version that made its debut in September last year is slated
for a mid-2016 Australian launch, the hatchback is unlikely to make it Down
Under this year and should arrive in the first part of 2017.
The Japanese car-maker has so far only released a sketch looking at the rear of
the new-gen hatch, revealing a tail end that carries the design cues of its
Honda is calling the Geneva show car a 'prototype' that will preview the look
of the hatch, but it is unlikely to differ greatly from the production version
that will be sold in global markets including the United States.
However, judging by the digital image, it will feature a sporty theme with twin
central tailpipes and a massive rear diffuser, while there is an aerodynamic
treatment where the roof meets the tailgate.
Its design could follow the Civic coupe concept's lead, which debuted at last
year's New York motor show.
As previously reported, Honda is taking a different approach with the
tenth-generation Civic sedan and hatch as they will be identical under the skin
as opposed to the current model, which are not as closely related.
This means that Honda Australia will be able to source both body styles from
the same Thai factory where the existing sedan comes from, while the hatch is
imported from the United Kingdom.
The pair will therefore be offered with the same powertrains which, in US spec
at least, includes a 2.0-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder unit matched with either a
six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and a 1.5-litre
turbocharged petrol engine matched with a CVT that will sit under the bonnet of
Honda Australia is already promoting the new Civic sedan on social media ahead
of its mid-year launch, and the car-maker is expected to make a big splash in
terms of marketing to hype its arrival.
This appears to be part of its promotional strategy that has created
high-profile advertisements for the HR-V crossover and the refreshed CR-V SUV
in the past 12 months.
Honda will be hoping for warmer reception from consumers for its new Civic
compared with the current model, which has dramatically slipped in the sales
charts in recent years.
It hit a high note in 2013 with 14,261 sales, outselling the likes of the
Nissan Pulsar, Mitsubishi Lancer and Subaru Impreza, but sales almost halved in
2014 to 7878. Last year they dipped by 45 per cent over 2014 to 4326, to be
leapfrogged by all three aforementioned rivals.