By on February 10, 2016

Civic Hatchback Prototype

But it sure does look like one.

Honda Europe announced Wednesday that the Civic Hatchback Prototype will debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 1. The hatch — which is likely a production car with fancy mirrors, rocket ship door handles and a dual center exhaust — will go into production in the United Kingdom next year and be exported to North America.

The latest Civic concept will preview “the exterior design of the all-new hatchback model, scheduled for a European launch in early 2017,” said Honda. Expect it to use the same naturally aspirated 2-liter engine and turbocharged 1.5-liter engine as the sedan and coupe, and also be the basis of the next Civic Type R.

It really does look like a squished Crosstour, though.

2015 Honda Crosstour.

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50 Comments on “This is Not a Second-Generation Honda Crosstour...”


  • avatar
    tonycd

    Doesn’t look a lot different from the new sedan, does it? Everybody already said (with good reason) that one looks like a Crosstour.

    • 0 avatar
      davefromcalgary

      Full disclosure I hate the Crosstour from a looks perspective, but is it just me or is that picture of the Crosstour shown above extremely flattering to the Crosstour?

      • 0 avatar

        I think the problem with the crosstour is the side view. So, yes, this is a good angle.

        • 0 avatar
          dolorean

          It’s the only good angle on that pig. Only from this perspective does one not notice the automotive design equivalent of a Hefty yard bag attached to the bustle of a normal Accord sedan. It’s gawd awful from any other angle to include that hideous fish guppie grill in the front.

      • 0 avatar
        This Is Dawg

        Pssst Dave! It’s because it’s brown!

        Jokes aside, I think the front is a better angle than the back:

        http://static.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/images/Auto/izmo/330764/2011_honda_accord_crosstour_frontview.jpg

        That pear butt is just horrible.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    Hopefully it keeps the center exhaust exit.

  • avatar
    Kosher Polack

    Can’t wait! I hope it’s as quieter as the early reviews have suggested. My ’08 Civic has been a top-notch performer with nothing breaking (well, the weatherstripping, but it’s been parked in the sun daily for 8 years), but it is LOUD on the highway.

    • 0 avatar

      I now have 90k on my ’08 Civic (stick). I bought it at 35k. I love the car except for the fricken A pillars. However, last summer the AC went. The first problem with that is that since it’s on the same belt as the water pump, I had to get it fixed immediately or I risked getting stuck by the side of the road. (My ’99 Accord had the AC go, and I never had it fixed, and that was not a problem.) The second problem was that it cost $1,300 to fix–a price which I determined was fair.

      I figure I’m gong to have to replace the damn thing after another 80k.

      Otherwise, only two problems: I had to replace the thermostat somewhere around 45-50k, I think, and some of the underbody covers have gotten loose and I’ve had to get them tightened. (They start makng noise around 70mph.)

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    So this would sort of be the successor to the Swindon, UK-assembled Civic Si hatch of a decade ago? Neat. I can’t wait to see it.

  • avatar
    laserwizard

    Honduh Crossbarf. This brand has been sitting on its past laurels for over two decades. it builds some of the ugliest and most bloated vehicles made – today’s Civic is bigger than the first Accord. Anyone who thinks the new Civic is a small car hasn’t seen one – they are huge – and ugly.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      The average sizes of all cars have increased over the years. It’s why there’s now a model below the Civic, called the Fit.

      There’s more engine, safety, content, and space in “small” cars than ever before. You can’t fit all that into the size standards of old.

      Do you still lament the loss of spear-shaped metal dash buttons, because they felt better to your finger? Get with it.

      • 0 avatar
        Coopdeville

        Spear-shaped sounds pointy. I lament the loss of metal push buttons along with hood-mounted turn signal indicators, large proud hood ornaments atop eight foot long hoods, and steering wheel mounted push button automatics.

        http://www.classiccarstodayonline.com/2013/05/26/alternate-gear-shift-levers-through-the-years/1958-edsel-touchshift/

        I do not bemoan the demise of rotary phones or dial controlled stereophonic FM radios because I’m “with it.”

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          “I’m hip. I’m with it!”

          takka-takka-takka-takka—ahhh!

          I’ve got the hood mounted signal indicators, and I never end up looking at them.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Nothing says style and class as hood mounted turn signal indicators.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            EXCEPT having fender skirts also. :\'(

            I do use the hood ornament to help me center the car in the spot, and judge the additional 6″ of bumper in front of it so I don’t hit stuff.

          • 0 avatar
            Kyree S. Williams

            They brought those back on the 2016 Mustang, you know.

            http://www.mustangheaven.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2016-Mustang-Hood-Turn-Signals.jpg

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Lol, whaaaaat. I haven’t seen those before. Is that really what they do? Are they single function, for the blinkers only?

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Sweet.

          • 0 avatar
            MRF 95 T-Bird

            Yes, they are only turn signals

            http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/2016-ford-mustang-new-model-year-packages-and-options

            The 67-68 Mustang had them as an option. Something retro that is functional and worth paying for.

            Let me know when front vent windows, in particular mini vents come back.

          • 0 avatar
            dolorean

            Actually MRF, I think it’s a cheap way to save a buck by having two mounted turn signals on each side in the front instead of four, as is federally mandated that turn signals must be seen from the side and the front as well as the side and the back.

            Now Ford needs to bring back that glorious class symbol of the rear mounted spare tire bump on the trunk ala Continental.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      I personally find Hondas to be some of the better styled vehicles on the market. Not all of them, and not necessarily in comparison to more golden eras of car design, but going from dealerships to dealership, Honda is definitely way up there compared to the competition.

      • 0 avatar

        I agree. I think the styling of the Accord and the Civic are way up there for the current era (not so much the Fit or the SUVs). And I thought the S2000 was a very nice piece of styling. But I prefer styling from the ’50s and the ’60s.

        I don’t know whether it’s just a great angle, or what, but the rear view of the Crosstour in this post looks good.

        • 0 avatar
          kvndoom

          Nothing worse than a gal who looks better going than coming.

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          I have to agree on the Fit. That one really is form follows function taken to it’s logical conclusion. It doesn’t so much look “bad”, as it looks like a grounds up attempt to throw aside all and every historical automotive styling cue, instead taking it’s cues from a sci-fi pod.

          In addition to the Civic and Accord, I think the new Pilot and CRV looks plenty fine for their segments, as does the Acuras. I also tend to like the Crosstour (the big overhangs give it some of the “length” and grace of bygone era vehicles, similar to what the author said of the SC430 in that review. And the CR-Z looks “tight” in person (and, for those of us above 30, is tight as well……….)

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            “taking it’s cues from a sci-fi pod”

            The previous gens, yes; the new one is much more conventional and I fear worse from any successor.

            The Sfi-Fi pod aspect is what I adore about the MY ’13s and back. Extreme cab-forward, tall & upright rear end and a hood of only grudgingly necessary length.

            If only they were 30% larger we’d have a Honda Espace!

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    The last time we got British-made Honda designs it worked out so well!

    #ripsterling

  • avatar
    sirwired

    I couldn’t stand the CrossTour; it combined the styling drawbacks of a badly-shaped wagon, with the reduced cargo capacity of a sedan. (Cargo capacity being the whole point of a wagon to begin with.)

    And then, it’s used by Honda product planners to say: “Look! Wagons don’t sell! MOAR CUV’s!”

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      It was a modern-day AMC Eagle–a sedan or wagon(-ish) body on stilts.

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      I didn’t mind the Crosstour (which was really just a big 5-door hatch), but it would’ve been better if they spec’ed it like a regular Accord. The cladding and grille did it no favours, most Accord buyers get the I4 (so they start off V6 only), and painting it as a fake crossover meant the expectations on it were different (it was a sub-par Outback).

      If it were just a Honda Accord hatch, it’d just be a slightly bloaty, but slightly more sensible alternative to the sedan (and probably a very nice car with the four and stick).

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        And that Accord generation was already bloated!

        The last two years had some of the 9th-Gen’s technology baked in (like the two-screen infotainment), rendering a mess out of what was already a sea of buttons on the center stack.

    • 0 avatar
      bts

      And how we have this Civic hatch that has the same drawbacks as the CrossTour.

      What happened to Honda being a producer of efficiently packaged small cars with good interior space. Instead, we have Honda trying to style their cars to look aerodynamic (but keeping the high Cd) and ignoring their roots. The new Civic for instance has a good sized trunk but a tiny opening to get to it.

  • avatar
    bludragon

    Doesn’t look anything like a crosstour to me…

  • avatar
    [email protected]

    The current Euro Civic hatchback is already kinda weird from the rear…

    http://tinyurl.com/jab7shp

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    More jargon drift… for the purpose of throwing anything bulky in the back this be no hatchback but a liftback ala ’70s & ’80s Pintos, Celicas, Stanzas, Camrys..etc., only lower at the rear and less useful.

  • avatar
    kmars2009

    I have a love/hate relationship with the new Civic. I love the look, size, and shape, however it’s too large now to have the Civic name. The Accord has the same problem. Looks too Acura’ey, and is the size of a Buick.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      It lost three inches in length but gained more interior room, plus 300 pounds or so.

      Will be interesting to see what Honda does for the next Accord; the only truly epic fail on their part would be to pull the V6 option.

      It always seems as if each Civic re-do results in a car roughly the size of the Accord preceding it by two generations, so this one isn’t a complete surprise. (And I’ve NEVER seen rear footroom in a Civic like this new one–six-footers will have plenty of room back there!)


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