By on February 28, 2016

Leaked Honda Civic hatchback concept rear 3/4

The Honda Civic hatchback concept that will debut at this week’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show will wear an aggressive-looking body, according to images leaked by Carscoops.

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.

Leaked 2017 Honda Civic hatchback concept front 3/4

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.

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68 Comments on “Honda Civic Hatchback Looks Mean in Leaked Photos...”


  • avatar
    JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

    I like it, except the “gaping cavities” (best term that fits) on the rear. They just look out of place, like some kid’s version of a rocket-powered car, or something a cartoon super hero would drive.

    I love hatchbacks, and I really like the new Civic as a whole. So does my significant other (who drove a ’16 Turbo), only he has an aversion to hatches, so a sedan is more likely. I would love a new Accord LX coupe 6MT personally, but my plan is to keep the Taurus and also get a truck eventually, so the new car will be what he wants.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    I find it most interesting that both Honda and Chevrolet are adding hatchbacks to this class of car.

    Once, America shunned hatchbacks. Now that the CUV has taken the US by storm, perhaps folks are coming around to the utility of having a hatch instead of a trunk.

  • avatar
    dwford

    It is hideous. I don’t see how it is attractive at all.

  • avatar
    hubcap

    I like it. I’m guessin’ this is one of the hi-po variants (SI/R). This just might make it a bit harder for Mazda to sell the 3 and the Golf/GTI is being put on notice.

    Of course, this all depends on what comes in the final package but so far, I like what I see.

    • 0 avatar
      dantes_inferno

      >This just might make it a bit harder for Mazda to sell the 3 and the Golf/GTI is being put on notice.

      What notice? That the factory-backed ricer look is the future???

    • 0 avatar
      sproc

      That’s biggest appeal of the GTI and Golf R to me: Very subtle visual clues that they’re anything more than a sensible car. Honda went the complete other direction.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    A lot going on in the back end of that civic. Looks like they tried to copy a Ford Focus.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    3 consecutive stories is a pretty big opening, especially when accompanied by a title of Associate Editor. Who is Steph W.? Rebirth of newsbot? Mark’s replacement in training? Something in between?

  • avatar
    jdmcomp

    I beg to disagree about this design. It has all the hallmarks of the old style Japan design for the crowded arena of Japan. Lots of styling cues because you could rarely see the whole car at once so one went overboard to make sure you knew what it was.
    A really good design must be much cleaner, with a single line (roof or belt) defining the car such that even in a blackout the silhouette will show exactly what the car is. The 4 door coupe design of Mercedes comes to mind, or the roof line of the old jags with its return at the base of the c pillar. Seems this is the year for retro Japan styling. Please no.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      I dont see the retro ness, unless if they’re aping an old Nissan hatchback.

      I do see the ugly.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

        Look at the early Tercel(Corolla, though it wasnt a Corolla) hatch. Look at Hondas and Datsuns from the 1970s. I totally get what he’s saying. Its a funky Japanese style that was lost in the squared off 1980s for the most part (with the exception of the aformentioned 80-82 Tercel LiftBack). Its not pretty like a 1960s Continental or a new Phantom Drophead, but it is far better than Toyota’s latest IMO, especially if you subtract the bumper’s astroid impact craters.

        This could be toned down a bit, and Im betting it will be (especially for the non sporty versions, i.e. EX, LX, etc). The general shape is appealing, just the details are just a bit too busy, especially the giant holes in the bumpers. I seriously doubt those will be on the regular versions, if theyre on any version at all.

        • 0 avatar
          Moparmann

          @John Taurus: The line “bumper’s asteroid impact craters” is the BEST description I’ve read of these hideous new “agressive” front ends!! Also looking at you too, BMW!! :-)

        • 0 avatar
          Ryoku75

          As an ex-owner of both a Honda Z600 and a Tercel, I find none of their styling cues in this Civic. They didnt have huge holes up front to cool their micro-brakes.

  • avatar

    I have an ’08 Civic. My best friend has a ’14 Accord. My previous car was a ’99 Accord. I like the look of Hondas better than any other modern family type car.

    That said, I don’t like this. Way too effin bizzzzy. The back looks like a Subaru. The front looks like they grafted a bunch of junk onto a regular Civic. All those uncoordinated lines on the side look like a 5th grader was in charge of styling.

    An important principle of good design is knowing when to stop. Most mfgs don’t know when to stop. Honda has been an exception.

    Additionally, aggression as a style is way overrated.

    Lets hope this concept goes into the dustbin.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      I am with you David. I have an 09 sedan and I think it is Honda’s best looking Civic sedan by a wide margin. Simple, honest, well proportioned and detailed. Can’t wait to lower mine and get my paint fixed under warranty.

      This is the WRX hatch Subaru fans have been begging for, but without the Subaru power/drivetrain. No thanks. It’s a shame Honda doesn’t share the Accord’s design language with the Civic. The Accord sedan is a classic Honda design.

  • avatar
    doublechili

    It’s a concept car, so a lot of the stuff added on might go away on the real thing and make for a better looking result. The heavy shadowing in the images also doesn’t help. Worst case, if the actual car is “busy” a wise color choice can tone that all down.

    From the side and back quarter views I’m getting a Saab Viggen kinda vibe from it. Nothing wrong with that.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    At least it doesn’t have gills and three feet of cladding at the back.

    Oh wait.

  • avatar

    I had a girlfriend who sometimes had trouble getting to sleep. I used to recite the Ugly Car Alphabet to help her dose off. I never dreamed I might be able to use Civic for C. And I hope it doesn’t come to pass.

  • avatar
    geo

    Why does every new car have to be bulbously overstyled? They’re starting to resemble Toucan Sam. Or a dodo bird.

  • avatar
    brucebanner

    Looks great. Up there with Golf. But this will be reliable, so no brianer there.

  • avatar
    mshenzi

    I like the looks of this Civic, I’ve always driven small hatchbacks (convenient for hauling stuff and big dogs), and I’ve never wanted a CUV or SUV when living in the USA (this has nothing to do with masculinity for me, and if I didn’t find the Juke so ludicrously ugly it would’ve been tempting). Given how many reviews have called this Civic a throwback to Honda’s good ol’ days, I hope they bring it over here. Then, if VW magically buys back my 2010 TDI Golf,…

  • avatar
    Dan

    The perfect car for an adolescent anime character.

  • avatar
    Varezhka

    I think this car looks fine once you remove all the boy racer bodykits and other concept car additions. The rear is much more attractive than the Crosstour-like tail of the new Civic sedan.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    The H-RV styling cues are strong in this one…

  • avatar
    whynotaztec

    Styling seems too much, which is so common today.

    But I like it. And I’m 50 years old

    Either something wrong with Honda or something wrong with me.

  • avatar
    Dan R

    It looks like a dog’s dinner.

  • avatar
    Zykotec

    I kinda like it. People who thinks this looks busy should see what Europeans have to live with every day. Some BMW and Audi models barely have room for headlights and badges in all the (fake)mesh up front. Over here we dream of subtle stylish design cues like the Acura beak…
    Also, it seems like most of the old people who though ordinary sedans looked better than hatchback coupes/sedans in the 80’s have died off in Europe, do they just live longer in the US? (imo, most socalled ‘premium’ harchbacks don’t look quite as good as Sierras and Scorpios did in the 80’s, but still…)

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      I couldn’t disagree more. Plus German cars are like my last girlfriends. All look great making an exit.

      Although I couldn’t sign off on every German car, front end, most German cars, including most VWs, look good from every angle, with no stabbing, eye pollution. But German cars definitely look smooth down the sides and especially the rear end. Btw, they all lose their amber, rear turn-signals over here.

      One thing I can’t stand is the projector ‘eye balls’ so at least this Civic loses those.

  • avatar
    zip89105

    I like it, and I like the 4-door sedan too. Too bad we’ll never see it in the states.

  • avatar
    redliner

    Honda Civic Hatchback Looks over-styled in Leaked Photos. Fixed it for you.

  • avatar

    Putting vents and gaps and grills everywhere don’t mean jack when you’re a Soul-less 4 cylinder econobox.

  • avatar
    SomeGuy

    I’m a fan. Looking forward to a Type-R. If it is Lime green I may be in!

  • avatar
    Mikein08

    This thing is uglier than the north end of a southbound mule.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    I like. Doesn’t look like the bulbous pod on stilts that seems to be all the rage lately. It’s the direct opposite actually.

  • avatar
    myheadhertz

    How about something with smooooooth lines. How’d you like to wash and wax this Civic?

  • avatar
    macmcmacmac

    Someone at Mazda should be held accountable for all the zoom-zoom-zoomification of car styling over the past decade or so.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Too busy – this doesn’t work for me. Neither does the Civic sedan, really. Way too much Mobile Suit Gundam here.

    You know what I miss about old school Honda styling? It was conservative but it had a timeless element. They wore well over time. A ’95 Civic still looks good today. So does a 10-year-old Accord. I have a feeling this design won’t be nearly as appealing 10 years down the road.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I agree. Whether Honda were to style the car as busy, exciting, or boring, we know they still going to sell a ton of these. But polarizing the design in any way strikes me as arrogant, its almost “we can do whatever we want to this and you’ll still buy it because we gotcha”.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      “You know what I miss about old school Honda styling? It was conservative but it had a timeless element.”

      Completely agree. The 93 Civic we had was such a clean and tasteful design, what ones are still on the road look fresh even today. Down my street is a 1990ish Accord in decent shape. Great looking car.

      I’m seeing some of the facelifted 2016 Accords showing up on the road and Honda managed to ruin that sedan as well.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        I don’t think the Accord’s an offender when it comes to this (t’s still a very handsome sedan), and neither is the CR-V. But the Civic strikes me as being overstyled for the sake of being overstyled. And maybe they’re reacting to the market – I think the Hyundai Elantra changed things when it was introduced a few years back. Before, compacts all tended to be zero-style zones, but the Elantra was a great design, and still looks good today (I’ll reserve judgment on the new one until I see one in the wild). And that car was a notable hit, probably stealing quite a few Civic sales.

        Plus, compacts tend to be driving appliances, so maybe they’re trying to make up for the lack of on-road personality with more style.

        So, I get Honda’s move to flashier designs, but I wonder if it’ll serve them well or not.

        (By the way…I checked out a Civic the other day and I’m not at all impressed by the fit and finish…anyone else seen one?)

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        Newer Hondas may look like trash, but they can withstand salt sooooo much better.

  • avatar
    motormouth

    I live in the UK and have a 1.6 DTEC Civic manual. Yes, the Euro bodystyle, not offered as a saloon (but recently launched as the Tourer wagon). I’ve had quite a few other Hondas and I’m pretty familiar with the complete range. I like the way this looks, it’s more cohesive than the somewhat disjointed design of the car I have sitting outside the house, which I consider to have been a step backwards from the grand Civic redesign launched in 2006, ’07.

    I’m figuring that this will be offered with the pathetic CVT transmission, while the torsion beam suspension will be carried over. Shame, really, as while the car looks quite sporty, the powertrain and running gear scream econobox. In addition, in Europe Honda really needs to sort out its engine range. It’s not good when a 1.6 four-cyl TD is the pick of the engine line up.

  • avatar
    bubbajet

    Looks like a Crosstour at 3/4 scale with extra fiberglass panels from fartcans.com.

  • avatar
    John

    If Honda actually makes a hatchback Si it will probably be my next new car. That being said, this is two busy – for example, I count 12 lines of sight along the side. Also, the sloping roof really seems to cut into the cargo space, which; for me, is the reason for buying a hatchback. “Aggression as a style has been overrated” – David C. Holzman nailed it.

  • avatar
    dantes_inferno

    I am looking forward to DeadWeight’s take on this “hatchback”.

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    Want!

    Want!!

    WANT!!!

  • avatar
    Joss

    New Civic’s a great car. The 1.5 turbo is well mtched to the CVT. An advantage on Golf’s cruder DSG.

    My issue is more with physical size. Civic’s become too large. Fit’s uglier.

    The 2016 Sentra is even bigger, though there’s no hatch prospect. It needs the Juke’s engine and turbo. Certainly got the brakes. A 2016 Sentra equipped with all discs stopped from 60 in 113 ft. Outstanding for a compact – see Edmunds.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      I thought it was too large from pictures but I parked next to one in my 09 Civic and it looked a lot smaller up close. I think the roof was lower and it didn’t seem much longer, if at all. Interior looks really nice too. Still ugly though.

  • avatar
    maxxcool7421

    W..T..F.. it looks like 1/3 ford focus hatchback rear end, 1/3 accord front end and 1/3 civic middle …

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I see Honda wants to revive the Dodge Caliber.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    “The five-door bodystyle hasn’t turned the acclaimed 10th-generation Civic into an ugly duckling”

    Style is indeed subjective, I think it’s one of the most childish and overwrought designs I can remember. I hope whatever plastic fantastic boy-racer body kit they slapped on there will be gone in the production version.

    If the Si looks anything like this Hot Wheels car blown up to 40X, it will be worth putting up with the comparative reliability deficit of the GTI just to not be seen in it.

  • avatar
    carlisimo

    I’ll be happier if the body kit isn’t standard. My wife is waiting for this model to come out, and honestly she probably won’t be too bothered by it. But I don’t think she’ll like the rear 3/4. It’s not the best transition to a hatch that I’ve seen.

    On the plus side, the long trunk you get from a sloping hatch is very welcome. My Mazda3 is similar and it works very well.

  • avatar
    Corollaman

    With that tail end, I can guarantee that no one will be tailgating you. Boy I miss the days of those old Civic hatchbacks

  • avatar
    FAHRVERGNUGEN

    Wow. A Honda Poncho. Fuglier than yesterday’s dog food.

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    Honda knows where the money is – in replacing those hideous but I am sure very expensive bumper covers. Less car, more bumper covers!

  • avatar
    VoGo

    At what point do we let people in on the news that this is the Type R Civic. So of course it has adolescent styling – it’s for boy racers. The bones of this hatchback are attractive, so once they release the mainstream version without all the “spoilers”, it will sell just fine.


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