After making his official debut in concept form at Geneva, the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback will travel to North America in order to be introduced at the 2016 New York Auto Show later this month. The 10th generation Civic is not only produced for the European market but also intended for American buyers. But Honda said it’s still a prototype and not an actual production model.
I think this new car has little resemblance to the Honda Crosstour in terms of his body shape. Some people even call him as a baby Crosstour. However, there are also those who say that this new hatchback is somewhat similar to the current Ford Focus RS. But what Honda says? Civic chief designer Daisuke Tsutamori said that the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback was inspired from a supercar, not influenced by any other hatchback already on sale in the market.
Even in Tsumori mind, he envisioned a Lamborghini supercar when designing the new Civic hatchback. The results are clearly visible if there are some elements on the car that remind us of a Lamborghini supercar like matte gray color, neon element and black accents.
However, Honda has confirmed that the 2017 Civic hatchback prototype will be very similar to its production model including of course offer a center-exit exhaust system. This new car also features a distinctive sporty design from the Civic core values, but the overall styling is more compact than the previous model. Also thanks to the sharper LED taillights and large fan-blade wheels.
Under the hood, the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback will likely be powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can deliver 1174 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 1,700-5,500 rpm. Basically, this turbo engine has been offered in the current Civic sedan and coupe. Paired to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), the 1.5-liter turbo unit has fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg combined.
While the 2.0-liter engine are being recalled in the US market due to piston problems. Allegedly caused by the piston assembly which may not be equipped with a piston wrist pin circlip. This issue is crucial because it can lead to engine failure, increasing the risk of fire or even collisions on the highway. Although today there have been no reports of collisions or deaths caused by the issue.
Nevertheless, this issue does not seem to affect Honda’s decision to keep offering these engines in North America in the future. So we can expect a revised 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with DOHC i-VTEC 16-Valve will be available soon for the 2017 Civic hatchback.
Apart from the recall issue, the current 2.0-liter unit is also offered to the Civic sedan and coupe with two transmission choices that include a 6-speed manual and a CVT gearbox. This engine capable of delivering 158 HP at 6,500 rpm and 138 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. While fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined when using a six-speed manual transmission. However, this 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine can return 31/41/35 mpg (city/highway/combined) when using a CVT.
Release Date and Price Forecasts
Talking about official release date, the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback will likely goes on sale in North American markets early next year. Prices will probably be around $19K, considering the current 2016 Civic sedan has a base MSRP of $19,475 and $19,885 for the Civic coupe with a base LX trim. But this car might be sold first in Europe since it was built at Honda’s Swindon plant in the United Kingdom.
The new 2017 Civic hatchback may also be available as global products with a vehicle assembly remain in the UK. The new model is expected to be exported worldwide from Honda’s Swindon plant starting next year. Further details will be available at the New York Auto Show to be held from March 25 to April 3, 2016.
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