2016-08-16

All-New Honda Civic Hatch Adopts Distinctive 10th-Generation Cues with Even Sportier Styling

 

Honda has revealed details and the first official image of the all-new Honda Civic Hatch, ahead of its arrival in Australia early next year.

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For Australia, the Honda Civic Hatch is the next instalment of the all-new Civic line-up, with the Honda Civic Hatch complementing the just-released Civic sedan. The Civic has already been named the 2016 North American Car of the Year.

The Honda Civic Hatch 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 Honda Civic Hatch will also serve as the basis for the radical new Honda Civic Type-R launching in various world markets, including Australia, in 2017.

“Like the Civic sedan, the Honda Civic Hatch, will be a very important car in the Honda line-up in Australia,” Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins said.

“In the small car segment in Australia, hatches reign so we expect the Honda Civic Hatch to be a relevant option for Honda customers looking for the versatility of a hatch but with the proven quality, style and performance of a Honda.”

Mr Collins said customers would see clear styling and design touch-points across both the Honda Civic Hatch and sedan models. “From the front, both the Honda Civic Hatch and sedan look similar; the interior packaging and features too will be the same,” he said.

Mr. Collins said since its launch in May, the Civic sedan had been warmly received by both customers and dealers alike. “Our customers have really been impressed by the interior packaging, significantly improved quality and luggage space of the new Civic sedan, as well as the performance of the new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine and proven reliability of the 1.8-litre engine,” Mr. Collins said.  

Built on the same world-class platform as the 10th-generation Civic sedan, the Honda Civic Hatch offers an appealing combination of sporty styling, efficiency, interior utility and premium features. As with the Civic sedan in Australia, the model line-up for the Honda Civic Hatch will be similar.

The Honda Civic Hatch will boast both normally aspirated and turbocharged powertrains, wrapped in a more rigid and lightweight body and sophisticated chassis design, featuring a fully independent suspension system front and rear; sport-tuned electronic power steering with variable gear ratios; and powerful four-channel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Hill Start Assist.

The interior of the Honda Civic Hatch carries through on the modern, sophisticated and premium quality of the 10th-generation Civic sedan line-up, with high-grade materials and quality finishes applied liberally throughout.

In terms of packaging, the Honda Civic Hatch delivers impressive interior packaging and cargo capacity, featuring impressive rear seat legroom and function, roomy cargo space.

As with the Civic sedan, the latest active and passive safety features will be available on the Honda Civic Hatch, including the Honda SensingÔ suite of safety and driver-assist technologies.

Honda Sensing includes: Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) - Including Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) - with Low Speed Follow (LSF); Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS); and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

Other available features available include Honda Display Audio with Apple CarPlayÔ and Android AutoÔ, heated front seats and heated side mirrors, electric driver and front-passenger seats, push-button engine start and more.

The Honda Civic Hatch was developed jointly by Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and for the US export market, will be manufactured exclusively by Honda of the UK Manufacturing in its Swindon, UK plant.

The Honda Civic hatch will go on sale in Australia in the first half of 2017. Pricing and full Australian specifications will be announced closer to launch.