The prototype is as hot as what we have been waiting for.
This is for all hatch lovers out there. The esteemed Civic hatchback is within our grasps.
The new coupe, Si, and Type R as future iterations of the Civic coming to US shores was joined by the lean, mean Ford Focus fighting machine that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.
This prototype raises the hopes of consumers that Honda keeps its production models looking very much like their concept cars. Now with a more sporty looks, the Honda hatchback veers off the “tunerboi” look that alienates some customers. Save for the large air intakes, the front remains unchanged from the sedan. Making for an aggressive rear fascia, the back bumper is combined with a diffuser and dual, center-mounted exhaust pipes.
From the looks of all of the styling cues, we are hoping that the hatchback will be available in at least an Si performance version.
While it does not appear as if there is any headroom lost for rear seat passengers due to the dramatic slope of the rear glass, it looks like the cargo space is sacrificed a bit.
The European consumers because they will have a choice of a 1.0-liter or a 1.5-liter VTEC turbocharged gasoline engines, or a 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel variant.
The US patrons will probably get the same engines offered in the Civic sedan: a 1.5-liter turbo putting out 174 horsepower or a 2.0-liter compatible for 158 horsepower editions. A six-speed manual will only be available in the base model 2.0-liter if transmission options remain the same. All hopes are in favor to a manual with turbo engine from the loyal Honda hatchback enthusiasts.
via RoadShow by Cnet