The Japanese car maker has revealed local details of the all-new hatch that is due in showrooms in May, confirming it will mirror the existing five-model sedan line-up in terms of price and equipment – with the exception of the sporty RS, which costs $500 more in hatch form.
The Japanese brand has a lot riding on the Civic hatch which it hopes can reclaim some of the nameplate’s former glory when the car goes on sale in May.
“Our target is to win the hearts and minds of private buyers with the all-new Honda Civic, and the sedan has certainly done that, achieving well over 20 per cent segment share since launch. So we expect private customers will put the Honda Civic hatch on their shopping list as well, as it’s an equally strong offering.” said Honda Australia director, Stephen Collins.
A five variant line-up – the same as offered in sedan form – kicks off at $22,390 before on-road costs for the VTi, which places the Civic hatch at a similar entry point to the new Subaru Impreza but slightly more expensive than the popular Toyota Corolla and Mazda3.
The most expensive model, the VTi-LX, tops out at $33,590 before on-road costs, which brings it back into line with its mainstream small car rivals.
Two engines are used throughout the range, with the entry-level VTi and VTi-S models utilising a 1.8-litre petrol engine that produces 104kW and 174Nm and is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The higher grade VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX models, however, are powered by a 127kW/220Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, which is also mated to a CVT auto.
From a design perspective the hatch matches the sedan at the front, but naturally it charts its own course at the rear. All models feature two rear spoilers, one on top of the tailgate and another lower down while the hatch also differs from the sedan with a black front grille and B-pillars.
Honda has singled out the RS variant for special treatment with sporty exterior touches such as a central twin-exhaust with chrome outlets, a lower body kit that adds black front under spoiler, side skirts and rear under spoiler and dark chrome exterior door handles.
The range’s hero car, the Civic Type R, was recently revealed at the 2017 Geneva motor show in March.
The upcoming hot hatch is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, that offers 235kW of power and 400Nm of torque – well more than rival models such as the Volkswagen Golf R.
Honda has confirmed that the Type R will arrive in Australia towards the end of 2017.
2017 Honda Civic Hatch prices*
VTi – $22,390
VTi-S – $24,490
VTi-L – $27,790
RS – $32,290
VTi-LX – $33,590
*All prices exclude on-road costs
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