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Itís hard to believe itís been almost 17 years since a hatchback version of the Honda Civic was last sold in North America.
Sure, there was Hondaís half-hearted attempt at reviving the beloved bodystyle in the early 2000s with the niche three-door Civic Si, but even that was discontinued more than a decade ago, leaving a huge gap in the automakerís lineup. But Honda is ready to make up for lost time with an all-new Civic hatch aimed at fun and function.
In bringing the Civic hatch back to North American shores, Honda has cranked up the carís practicality with the addition of two rear doors. It rides on the same platform as the sedan and coupe models, but measures about 4.5 inches (114 millimeters) shorter than both, giving the Civic hatch a sportier stance than its stablemates thanks to wheels that sit closer to the corners. Matching that athletic posture is a new design from the B-pillar back that is almost coupe-like in execution, as well as a slightly revised front fascia that includes a black grille with larger openings, and larger bumper inserts front and back.
Despite the abbreviated proportions, the Civic hatch weighs 2,815 lb (1,277 kg) in base trim, and 3,003 lb (1,362 kg) in loaded Sport Touring guise ó as much as 100 lb (45 kg) more than equivalent sedan models thanks to the added heft of the tailgate. Lift the tailgate, however, and the weight gains are quickly forgiven, with the car boasting what is easily one of the largest cargo holds in its class. With 25.7 cu-ft (728 liters) of space behind the rear seats, the Civic hatch offers more cargo-carrying ability than hatchback versions of the Mazda3 (20.2 cu-ft, 572 liters), Chevrolet Cruze (22.7 cu-ft, 643 liters) and Ford Focus (23.3 cu-ft, 660 liters). Itís only with the rear seats folded that the Honda is surpassed, with the Mazda3 (47.1 cu-ft, 1,334 liters) and Cruze hatch (47.2 cu-ft, 1,337 liters) besting the Civic
The new Civic Type R is getting closer to launching in North America and Honda is teasing us once again with a new prototype.
This fresh prototype debuted alongside the new Honda Civic Hatchback at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. This is likely very close to the version that will come to the United States next year as a 2018 modelyear vehicle.
As can be expected, a body kit makes the new Civic Type R look plenty aggressive with larger fenders and air intakes. A large rear wing, a carbon fiber diffuser, and three-port centrally mounted exhaustsetup can be found out back.
Honda didnít offer any specifics on the powertrain, though itís already known that the car will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. In the current Type R, this motor makes 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, numbers that are expected to be improved upon before the next Type R launches.
A six-speed manual and front-wheel drive are surely going to come standard with this car, while its brakes, steering, suspension, and tires will all be upgraded compared to the normal variant. This prototype sports bright red Brembos, which many are hoping will carry over to the production model.
The satin paint wonít make it to the production car, but North Americans will be able to buy this Type R before Europeans.
Itís September which means weíre back in Europe to take in the hottest new reveals and concept cars. In Paris you can expect cars from your favourite luxury automakers like the new BMW 5 series sedan and X2 crossover, or the new Mercedes GLC43 Coupe or AMG GT Roadster. Even Land Rover is getting in on the show with a new Discovery. There are also rumors of a new VW EV to hit the show, in order to distract people from that whole TDI scandal.
You can also expect many high end cars and exotics to make a splash, with Ferrari looking to make a big deal about its 70th anniversary. Keep your eyes peeled right here for all the details.
The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback will arrive showrooms in the U.S. starting next Monday.
With a starting price of $20,535 including destination, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX model comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission paired to a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 174 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. Available for an additional $800 is a CVT that reduces torque to 162 lb-ft. The Sport model get a slight power boost with 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque with the manual, while the CVT keeps its 162 lb-ft of torque.
The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport model starts from $22,135 while the EX model has a $23,635 price tag. Pricing for the Sport Touring trim will be announced at a later date, but it will only be available with a CVT. Upgrading to the EX-L Navi model with a CVT will run $26,135.
The Civic Hatchback LX model with a manual transmission will return 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, while the LX equipped with a CVT gets 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The Sport CVT model sees a slight reduction in fuel economy to 30 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
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