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Honda Previews Exciting Civic Hatchback Prototype in Geneva

Honda Previews Exciting Civic Hatchback Prototype in Geneva

By Philly Murtha, March 01, 2016
Honda took the wraps off a prototype of a sleeker, angular, sporty, next-generation Honda Civic Hatchback this week at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Civic Hatchback Prototype is larger with more cargo room, and will revive a more exciting Civic design for the United States that has been sold in Europe. It will be previewed at the upcoming 2016 New York Auto Show.

For U.S. consumers, the new 2017 Civic Hatchback will be powered by a 1.5- or 2.0-liter engine. In the future, high-performance Si versions could be powered by the powertrains that appear in Geneva, which include a new 1.0-liter turbo VTEC engine, along with a 1.5-liter turbo and a possible 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel.

The dimensions of the 10th-generation Civic Hatchback have been expanded. The car is 5.1 inches longer and 1.8 inches wider and it will ride on larger and wider wheels and tires. Honda design officials say the challenge was to “create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European compact styling” with attention to driving dynamics and practicality. The 5-door hatchback will be produced at Honda’s European plant in the U.K., and will be exported to other markets, including the U.S.

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