New 2017 Honda Civic Hatch Nabbed Out In The Open

We’ll see the European-spec 2017 Honda Civic hatch in the flesh at this month’s Paris auto show before the North American model debuts in LA this November, but in the meantime, ‘R1Concepts’ has shared these pictures on the CivicX forums (plus one of the boot from the 9thcivic forums).

Captured at an undisclosed location, the orange markers on the fenders tell us it’s the North American-spec model that was announced last month and which will go on sale in the USA this fall joining the already available new-gen sedan and coupe Civics.

It’s a frisky looking compact model that challenges the staler and more conventionally styled European hatches like the VW Golf.

At least during launch, Honda will only offer a single engine for the U.S. market, a 1.5-liter direct-injected turbocharged four, rated at 174hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in LX, EX and EX-L trims with CVT, 174hp and 167 lb.-ft in the LX with a 6sp manual, 180hp and 162 lb.-ft. in Sport and Sport Touring grades with CVT and 180hp and 177 lb.-ft. in the Sport with 6-speed manual.

Honda has already shared EPA fuel economy ratings for the hatch that returns 31/40/34 mpg (city/highway/combined) for CVT-equipped LX, EX and EX-L models, 30/36/32 mpg for CVT-equipped Sport and Sport Touring trims and 30/39/33 mpg for the 6-speed manual equipped LX and Sport grades.

The hatch will also form the base for the wild Type-R model fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC lump producing over 300 horses that will be introduced next year.

And if you’re wondering why Honda is joining the hatchback segment in the US, you might be surprised to learn that five-door models are estimated to post the biggest gain among body styles as a percentage of total U.S. light-vehicle sales within the next few years. Research firm IHS Automotive recently predicted a 37 percent growth through 2020 to 1.1 million annual sales or about 6.6 percent of the market, up from 4.8 percent last year.

Thanks to Greg for the tip!

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  • matrem

    That rear bumper is still horrible.

    • BGM

      Remember: this car is meant as a first vehicle for those families that can afford it. Think of your average 16-21 year old and what they like and you’ll see why Honda sells so many of these as opposed to the more sedate Nissan Versa for example. The Civic has always been spot on in combining looks and reliability. And this is coming from a dude that hates Honda to no end.

      • 59soni

        Because it’s at that age that you form a family and buy your first car… Please. People who buy these are mature enough to acknowledge that Honda has made this generation Civic a fugly fugly car.

        • BGM

          I see how I didn’t explain myself. I meant the parents buying the car for their offprings, as a high school or college graduation gift.

          • CoCoLuv9491

            I am 67-y.o. male who bought a brand new Civic Hatchback Sport the day after Xmas last year. I love, love, love EVERYTHING about this car, including its body styling, handling, and performance. Any one who thinks this car only appeals to teenage boys is displaying extremely narrow thinking.

      • HahnZahn

        That seems like a rather broad statement. Perhaps also people who want a reliable car without the constriction of a trunk, plus good fuel economy want it, too? This and an Impreza are the two cars I’m considering as replacements for my TDI Sportwagen. I’ve never had a regular trunk (nor a Honda), and this car fits the bill. I like the sedan I test drove, but the trunk is a non-starter for me – every once in a while I still need to put a surfboard or a bike or box in my car, but I don’t want an SUV to do it. The looks are certainly polarizing, but I fall on the side that likes it.

        • BGM

          I didn’t mean to exclude buyers like you. And, yes, I was generalizing but certainly you’re right. However, I would argue that you’re in the minority and that most are the younger crowd getting their first proper car (my first proper car was a 1979 Malibu so I’m kind of envious).

          • CoCoLuv9491

            Who are you to say who represents a minority and who doesn’t? If you don’t like the car, fine. You have a right to your opinion. I’m 67-y.o., and bought a new Hatchback Sport in December of last year, and love everything about my car.

      • Jp

        Are you American? You don’t realize that people who buy these compact cars in Europe are not 21 years old students, but families…

        • BGM

          Yep, I’m American. I have also lived in 3 different countries in Europe and you’re exactly correct.

      • Holmer_k

        I’m 56 and this car is on my list of choices for when I get rid of my 335. My first new car was a Civic DX hatch, so I know that these are as close to perfect vehicles as you can get. They ain’t sports cars, but you can sure have a good time driving them if you want And they are of course practical too.

        The other vehicles on my list aren’t all so practical. Though others are. I’ll be honest and say this probably won’t win. A Tacoma would be more practical for me and an F-Type is what I will have to talk myself out of now that used ones are reaching my price range.

        But whether it’s the F-Type or the Civic, I won’t care because my new car addiction will be sated for at least a couple more years.

        The one thing this has in it’s favor though is it is time to teach my kids to drive. And I can’t think of a better car to teach them in than a manual Civic.

        • joerockt

          Cross shopping an F-Type with a Civic. SMH.

      • aaronbbrown

        Only if somebody doesn’t know anything about cars or motorcycles would hate Honda.

        Let me guess you drive a Fiat, I imagine you spend a lot of time by the side of the road 🙂

  • Grumpy

    The laziest conversion from sedan to hatch and it’s a liftback. It would only be a hatch if at least 50% of the roof extends over the trunk.

    • hwkr_01

      Yeah I would agree the new Civic Hatch isn’t the best looking hatchback since they are more recycling parts and making them interchangeable between the Civic hatch and our NA Civic sedan and coupe platforms. I mean even in the ’99 spec hatch the similarities end at the B pillar. Everything from the nose of the hood to the B-pillar door from are essentially identical to the sedan.

      • hwkr_01

        Also as another side note I feel like if we had a true Civic hatch that compared to VW’s Golf; that would be atrocious

    • JimmyK

      I agree with you 1000%.

    • StrYdeR

      Lazy statement… show me a standard production hatchback that has at least 50% of the roof over it’s trunk? Considering that the hatch in North America has a different grill, to the sedan, different front and rear-bumpers and that the sheetmetal, lights and glass elements are all different from the B pillar rearwards it’s quite different… from what can be made out of the interior the rear seat backs are also different.

      Of course you can be grumpy and just not like it… your perogative.

      • Grumpy

        This is a hatchback. The roof extends to cover at least 50% of the trunk.

        • Grumpy

          And this essentially what this civic is… a liftback.

          • TheCerealTree

            I definitely agree that the Civic is not a proper hatchback. I feel that the sloping hatch would be look better if it was upright

        • StrYdeR

          Fair enough… but that’s not what you initially wrote… besides liftback seems to be a sub-category of hatchback… you are however welcome to call it whatever you like.

        • CoCoLuv9491

          Your opinion. Who died and made you the expert of what is and what is not a hatchback?

    • Dredd

      it’s still more “hatchback” then liftback…check skoda octavia or superb, those re liftbacks

    • CoCoLuv9491

      Your opinion. You know what opinions are like, don’t you?

  • Aquaflex

    Nice! Can’t wait for the typeR

  • Bananarama

    I really like it. The bumpers, while a bit loud, are much more cohesive than the sedan’s. They don’t just look like stuck on openings, but instead affect the wrapping of body lines and make relations between the front and rear styles. I was also hoping for a more traditional hatchback, but this is fine. Maybe Honda will decide to make a Civic “wagon” eventually. I’m sure the US would LOVE that…

  • Six_Tymes

    The Lamborghini design front lower left and right intakes look stupid, they look even worse on the rear bumper.

  • LexusGXman

    sedan looks excellent! this though……

  • but thats an actual car, not a photoshop done by a child, what is the world coming to?

  • StrYdeR

    Parcel shelf retracting to the side? Don’t think thats been done before…

  • Bash

    this shouldn’t be parked on the sand/gravel surface.

  • BlackPegasus

    These will fly off the dealer lots. I’m already seeing tons of Civic sedans on the road driven by practical adults. This model will add to the appeal.

  • Enter Ranting

    Massive fake vents EVERYWHERE! It’s not a harrier jet, Honda!

    • CoCoLuv9491

      It’s an EXCELLENT car. Get over yourself.

      • Enter Ranting

        Get over MYself? So you like the Sulaco dropship look on a midsize family sedan?

        • CoCoLuv9491

          How cute. You fancy yourself clever. The Honda Civic Hatchback will be a runaway success with the automobile buying public. Don’t take my word for it. Wait and see.

          I love my brand new Civic Hatchback Sport. It is the best car I’ve ever purchased. Period.

          • Enter Ranting

            How did I know you had one?

            I have no doubt this car will sell well. The problem with its success is that you’ll see its ridiculous styling at every stop light.

          • CoCoLuv9491

            Aesthetics is always a subjective analysis. Far from finding the Hatchback’s styling “ridiculous,” I (and many others) like the sporty flair the Hatchback brings to the Honda lineup. And when I get behind the wheel, I experience how the performance warrants the styling. It may not be an Si or Type R, but that little 1.5T can scat!

            For the record, I am not a teenage “racer-boy,” which seems to what you Civic Hatchback denigrators label those who appreciate the car’s design. I am a 67-year-old male, whose past 5 cars have been either Hondas or Acuras.

          • Enter Ranting

            I have no beef with hatchbacks. They’re practical and present a handsome profile. I do have a problem with GIANT fake grilles and vents – especially in the BACK bumper! What would they be venting back there? The groceries in the trunk? What’s the point? It would make about as much sense to put a fake rocket engine back there too.

          • CoCoLuv9491

            Your disapproval is duly noted. I find the “fake vents” unique accents on a uniquely styled vehicle. Some like ’em, and some don’t.

            If this car’s styling disturbs you so much, perhaps your mental health would be better served by spending your time on a Toyota blog. Nothing offensive about their styling… just boring.

          • Enter Ranting

            Whaaaa? Toyota’s are boring looking? Have you seen one lately? They’re hilariously over-styled and hideous. No, I prefer pure design on a car, where form follows function, and vents serve a purpose other than just decoration.

          • CoCoLuv9491

            To each, his own.

  • James

    I like how they say undisclosed location. Everyone that lives in Torrance California can tell that behind that small abandoned coffee house off Hawthorne Blvd. It’s literally where Honda stashes all of its inventory and considering Honda of America’s headquarters is right down the street doesn’t surprise me. If you google the address

    19112 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance, California you can see all the Honda’s parked there on street view. I’ve seen a few of these hatchbacks back there when going to El Pollo Loco. I thought they were out

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Ugly. Forecast terrible sales in Europe except for the UK maybe.

    • CoCoLuv9491

      Ah… no. You are wrong!