Powered exclusively by a turbo engine, the hatch also offers a Sport model.
The latest Honda Civic is finally spawning its five-door hatchback variant, and the best news of all is that it’s coming to the U.S. market. (Honda nerds will note it’s the first time a five-door Civic has ever been sold here.) When it hits our shores this fall, the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback will offer more powerful Sport trim levels, and it’ll eventually serve as the base for a wild Type R model.
The base 2017 Civic hatchback looks as racy as it will be practical, with a sleek, sloping roofline and an upswept beltline. The Sport Touring model seen here has a more aggressive body kit that includes a rear wing, new side skirts, and a center-exist exhaust. Honda says that cargo space beneath the liftgate is best-in-class, but hasn’t shared an exact figure. Back-seat legroom hasn’t suffered too much either, at 36.0 inches compared to 37.4 in the sedan and 35.9 in the coupe.
All hatches will come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, but with two power ratings. LX, EX, and EX-L trims get 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, while Sport and Sport Touring, thanks to that exhaust, produce 180 hp and 162 lb-ft. Only the LX, Sport, and EX will offer a six-speed manual transmission; the CVT that comes standard on every other Civic hatch is expected to return 31 miles per gallon city and 40 mpg highway.
As on the Civic sedan and coupe, look for a generous level of equipment on the hatchback. Honda’s Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system comes on all but the base LX trim level, and features like heated seats, power front seats, and remote start are all available. Most trims will offer the Honda Sensing active-safety suite as an option. The 2017 Honda Civic Sport Touring comes standard with LED headlights, heated rear seats, and Honda Sensing.
The biggest news of all, of course, is that this Civic hatch will serve as the basis for the U.S.-market Type R. Honda promises that model will reach the U.S. in 2017, stoking the flames in the hot-hatch segment.
Stay tuned for more details on the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback, including pricing and more precise equipment run-downs, later this year.
Gallery: 2017 Honda Civic hatchback coming to the U.S. this fall
Arriving this fall in North America, the 2017 Civic Hatchback is the latest addition to the much-heralded 10th-generation Honda Civic lineup, joining the 2016 North American Car of the Year – the Civic Sedan, and the Civic Coupe that launched earlier this year. The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback combines striking, Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility with the Civic’s world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology. The Civic Hatchback, scheduled to arrive this fall at Honda dealers nationwide, also will serve as the basis for the radical new Civic Type-R launching in the U.S. in 2017.
“The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Now, we’re bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model.”
Built on the same world-class platform as the 10th-generation Civic Sedan and Coupe, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback offers an appealing combination of sporty styling, efficiency, interior utility and premium features. The Civic Hatchback will be available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims, and will feature a single engine for the U.S. market: a 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder with peak output of 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in LX, EX and EX-L trims and 180 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in the Sport and an all-new Sport Touring grade, which feature a high-flow center-mounted exhaust.
The turbocharged engine will be offered with either a sporty CVT (all trims) or a performance-inspired 6-speed manual transmission (LX, Sport, and EX trims). Anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 31/40/34 mpg (city/highway/combined) for CVT-equipped models, based on the newer, more stringent model year 2017 EPA ratings requirements, put the 5-door Honda Civic Hatchback at the top of its class.
Working in concert with the Honda turbocharged powertrain is the Civic’s more rigid and lightweight body and sophisticated chassis design, featuring a fully independent suspension system with liquid filled bushings, front and rear; sport-tuned electronic power steering with variable gear ratios; and powerful 4-channel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Hill Start Assist.
The interior of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback carries through on the modern, sophisticated and premium quality of the 10th-generation Civic lineup, with high-grade materials and finishes applied liberally throughout. In terms of packaging, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback delivers class-leading volume and cargo capacity, including a roomy interior (122.9 cu. ft.), best rear seat legroom (36.0 inches) and largest cargo carrying capacity in the competitive set.
Available on most trims (and standard on Sport Touring) will be the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) integrated with CMBS, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning integrated with RDM and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow. Other available features include Honda Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (EX and above trims), heated front seats and heated side mirrors, power driver and front-passenger seats, remote engine start and more.
The Civic Hatchback’s all-new Sport Touring grade makes Honda Sensing, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and LED headlights as standard equipment, while adding heated rear seats and other features.
The Civic Hatchback will target top-class safety ratings – an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating with a GOOD rating in all crash test modes and a SUPERIOR rating in frontal crash prevention, when equipped with Honda Sensing.
The 2017 Civic Hatchback was developed jointly by Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be manufactured exclusively by Honda of the UK Manufacturing in its Swindon, UK plant.