The five-door bodystyle hasn’t turned the acclaimed 10th-generation Civic into an ugly duckling. The sloping roofline transitions smoothly into the rear liftgate, which incorporates taillights identical to those of the Civic sedan.
The aggression comes by way of the front and rear bumpers. Gaping cavities on both ends signals performance and handling, a message completed by the centre-mounted twin tailpipes and twin hatch-mounted spoilers.
Whether or not these trappings makes it to the production model — even in the form of a top-end Type R — remains to be seen.
With the addition of a hatchback to its stable, Honda’s Civic lineup will be more or less complete.
The production 2017 Civic hatchback is expected to be unveiled at this October’s 2016 Paris Motor Show, while the concept greets the limelight when doors open in Geneva on March 1.