The new Civic hatchback will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current generation. New larger and wider wheels and tyres give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.
At the front of the car, a short overhang with large air intakes presents a sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda’s family face. LED headlights and DRLs (daytime running lights) flow from beneath the boldly sculpted bonnet into accentuated wheel arches. The sleek and swept-back body lines continue along the side of the car with a swage line that incorporates front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasizing the car’s dynamic forward-leaning stance. From the rear, the bumper incorporates angular creases and vents, designed to echo the aggressively styled nature of the rest of the car.
The new Civic Hatchback will feature a range of three powertrain options: 1.0-liter and 1.5-liter VTEC TURBO petrol engines, and a revised 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel unit. Based on a completely new engine structure and harnessing newly developed turbo systems, the petrol engines feature variable valve motion technology to reduce friction and achieve class-leading output and environmental performance. A turbocharger with a low moment of inertia and high responsiveness, together with direct injection technology seek to achieve an optimum balance between high output and torque, above those of conventional naturally-aspirated engines.
Honda’s European production facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), will become the global production hub for the 10th generation Civic hatchback. Honda has confirmed investment of 270m Euros in new production technologies and processes to prepare for the new model, which will be exported around the world, including the US.