LOOKING EDGY: Honda follows up the May launch of its all-new Civic Sedan small car with a first official image of the incoming Hatch variant.
LOOKING EDGY: Honda follows up the May launch of its all-new Civic Sedan small car with a first official image of the incoming Hatch variant. Wesley Allison

First image released of all-new 2017 Honda Civic Hatch

HONDA has revealed the first official image of its all-new Civic Hatch ahead of an early-2017 Australian arrival.  

The Civic badge is enjoying a much-needed renaissance following the sedan version's introduction in May, and the eagerly-awaited Civic Hatch should boost its credentials further. Last month Honda sold 1097 Civics for a 7.1% small car market share - up from a lowly 341 sales and 2% share for the same month in 2015. The model has already been named 2016 North American Car of the Year.  

If previous form is any marker, the Civic hatches should be closely priced to their sedan stablemates. The new entry-level four-door Civic VTi with naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre starts at $22,390 while the entry-level turbo 1.5-litre model, the VTi-L, starts at $27,790. The interior packaging and features list will be shared between both sedan and hatch Civics.   

Honda calls the design of the new tenth-generation Civic Hatch as having "striking, Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility." The Thailand-built Hatch model will share the sedan version's list of active and passive safety features, optional Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist technologies, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an impressively high specification list the higher up the model grade range you travel.  

CURRENT SEDAN: Honda Civic Sedan arrived in Australia in May and has seen far stronger sales that the previous model.
CURRENT SEDAN: Honda Civic Sedan arrived in Australia in May and has seen far stronger sales that the previous model.

"Like the Civic sedan, the Honda Civic Hatch will be a very important car in the Honda line-up in Australia," Honda Australia Director Stephen Collins said.  

He added that since its launch in May, the Civic sedan had been warmly received by both customers and dealers alike.   

"Our customers have really been impressed by the interior packaging, significantly improved quality and luggage space of the new Civic sedan, as well as the performance of the new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine and proven reliability of the 1.8-litre engine," Mr. Collins said.  

SHARED CABIN: The new Hatch will share its interior with the current Civic Sedan model (pictured).
SHARED CABIN: The new Hatch will share its interior with the current Civic Sedan model (pictured).

Hot hatch fans will also take keen interest in the released image, as the Civic Hatch will also serve as the basis for the new Honda Civic Type-R performance halo model, launching in various world markets, including Australia, in 2017.   



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