It appears to be a near-production U.S.-spec test vehicle.
The latest spy photo from the Southampton docks in U.K. comes to confirm once again Honda’s forthcoming 2017 Civic Hatchback will remain faithful to the namesake prototype exhibited earlier this year at the Geneva and New York shows. Although the attached image showing a mid-range version does not offer a clear view of the front, we know it will look pretty much like the other two body styles already on sale, the sedan and coupe.
It’s the same story with the interior cabin which will be largely carried over, along with turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine which will likely be the sole offering in United States. As for the European model, it’s bound to receive Honda’s brand new turbocharged three-cylinder, 1.0-liter and an upgraded version of the turbodiesel 1.6-liter i-DTEC.
Set to be revealed in production guise later this year, Honda’s new five-door Civic hatch is going to be manufactured in U.K. at the revamped Swindon factory from where the cars will make the trip to the U.S., just like the prototype seen here. An early October debut at the Paris Motor Show seems probable, with sales to kick off early next year.
Spy photos have shown work is already well underway at hotter versions of the tenth-generation Civic and the first to arrive will be an Si model believed to receive a de-tuned version of the turbo 2.0-liter from the Civic Type R. Rumor has it the model will offer 230 horsepower (171 kilowatts) channeled to the wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual. If you would rather wait for something hotter with more oomph, a new Type R is in the pipeline and is expected to have more than the 310 hp (231 kW) available in the existing model.