Honda is now ready to make a sales hit in the United States with the 2017 Civic Hatchback, a model that is way too close to the sedan presentation, both in form and features. Nevertheless, we can see massive modifications at first sight. These same changes make us think about the true nature of this supposed hatchback.
We are in front of a quite exciting compact that can actually deliver a sporty experience in exchange of an affordable price tag. The whole idea is offering a Civic that can adjust to every lifestyle and expand the market exponentially.
The competition will be tough. The 2017 Civic Hatchback would be competing directly with the Volkswagen Golf, the Ford Focus, and the Mazda 3. With this in mind, it’s clear that the Civic Hatchback will have a long way to go if it wants to dominate the North American market.
Powerplants and Other Specs
The 2017 Civic Hatchback will be offering multiple options when it comes to hardware and equipment. So far, buyers will enjoy a turbocharged DOHC 16-valve 1.5-litre inline-4 engine. Along with this powerplant, buyers can choose either a highly entertaining 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic.
The power output will depend on the chosen gearbox. A setup with the CVT will be capable of delivering up to 174 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of maximum torque. Units with the 6-speed manual gearbox on board will enjoy 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Any of these setups will allow the 2017 Civic Hatchback to go from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. In the slower scenario, the number would be 7.4 seconds to go beyond 60.
Trims and Equipment
The 2017 Civic Hatchback will be receiving the same trims as the sedan and coupe models, greatly expanding the options. LX, EX, and EX-L Navi come from the other models already available and the Sport and Sport Touring are being added with the hatchback form.
The new trims that are exclusive for the Civic Hatchback will enjoy sporty features like red interior illumination, gloss-black exterior garnishes, and aluminum and carbon interior trimming. The outstanding 6-speed manual transmission will be also exclusive for the Sport trims, being offered on the base LX as well.
The 2017 Civic Hatchback is clearly a close relative of the sedan and coupe models. Similarities are obvious and abundant. Actually, this new hatchback is built on the exact same platform as the sedan model, then adding plenty of improvements, both visually and technically.
Regarding its appearance on the outside, the hatchback shares a great part of the front fascia with the sedan model, now enjoying sporty details. The sideline delivers stunning views and a real athletic feeling. On the rear, the daring design is going to excite more than one buyer.
Inside, we will see almost the same setup as the sedan. There is plenty of comfort and quality materials. The rear legroom loses significant space in the hatchback model, adding some valuable inches to the cargo space.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Civic Hatchback is a solid move from Honda to conquer the hatchback market, now dominated by VW and Ford. With a base price of US$20,535, this model becomes an affordable sporty alternative for those looking for both quality and fun.