Honda finally took the wraps off its 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype and its carries the 10th Gen Civic lines well.
The reveals are coming hot and heavy and Honda has thrown their latest prototype into the mix. According to Honda from their official press release they dropped earlier Tuesday morning, the Civic Hatchback Prototype redefines Honda’s Core Model for Europe (and soon the United States.) As far as the leaked pictures from a couple of days ago, these first images from Honda are exactly what we saw from a couple of days ago. Check out those first photos below plus some live tweets!
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In the United States, the Civic Hatchback hasn’t touched down on our shores since technically the EP3 of 2001-2005. Most do consider the 6th gen Hatchback from 1996-2000 to be one of the last great hatchbacks from Honda with the EP3 being something Honda sent us to tide us over till today.
For MY 2017, Honda takes the design language from the 10th generation Civic and adds a bit of aggressiveness and assertiveness to the demeanor and stance of the hatch. You’ll notice the larger air intakes compared to the sedan and coupe as well as a shorter overhang.
The side profile is as equally as aggressive with a body line that slopes up from the front wheel well and ends at the beginning of those boomerang taillights. Further down on the door is another striking character line that emphasizes Honda’s forward stance with this hatch.
Outback, the lines accentuate the tailgate as well as those rear taillights. What we’re looking at might be found on the Si or Type R model so expect base model hatches to be toned down a bit.
Production starts this year with an introduction in Europe in 2017 and exported globally shortly after. Europe gets a 1.0T, 1.5T and a Diesel. Expect the 2.0 N/A and 1.5T found in the sedan and coupe to find its way into this hatchback for the U.S. market.