Honda's Thinly Masked Civic Hatchback Prototype

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While the all-new 5-door Civic is making its global debut in Geneva in prototype form, Honda wants us to know that the production-ready model will be soon to follow.

The new hatchback will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current model, while also featuring wider wheels. According to Honda, this will give the car an assured stance and an overall dynamic appearance thanks mostly to a new and "provocative" design.

At the front, the new Civic comes with large air intakes, while LED headlights and the DRLs are tucked nicely beneath the sculpted bonnet.

The rear of the car features distinctive C-shaped LED lights and a bumper design that incorporates angular creases and vents meant to showcase an overall more aggressively-styled compact car than we were normally used to seeing from Honda.

"We knew that we needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European compact styling while staying true to the original Civic’s core values," said project leader Daisuke Tsutamori. "The result is a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality."

The all-new Civic hatchback will come with a range of three powertrain options: 1.0-liter & 1.5-liter VTEC turbocharged petrol engines, and a revised 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel unit.

The petrol engines are based on a completely new structure and sport developed turbo systems and variable valve motion technology, thus reducing friction and achieving better output and environmental performance. In fact, Honda is using the terms "class-leading" when referring to them, but we'll have to wait until they show us some numbers that back up those claims.

Though a global product, Honda's 10th generation Civic hatchback will be built exclusively in Europe.