By on August 11, 2016

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The third addition to the Honda Civic lineup was recently spotted at a UK port, providing a glimpse of a vehicle we’ve only seen in prototype guise.

The Honda Civic hatchback shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March wasn’t a production model, but images posted on the CivicX forum show what American buyers can expect.

Not surprisingly, these Civic hatchbacks — said to be U.S.-bound from the model’s Swindon assembly plant — are plenty toned down compared to what we saw at Geneva. The huge, honeycomb-mesh-filled rear bumper vents remain, though they aren’t as sculpted as those on the prototype. The look carries over in the front bumper.

Subtle twin spoilers that are identical to those on the prototype adorn the sloping rear liftback, but something’s missing out back: A tailpipe. Just try and find one in any of the images. The prototype, which clearly hints at what a performance variant of the hatchback could look like, has its twin pipes neatly exiting the center of the rear bumper, hot hatch-style.

If reports turn out true, expect the 174-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder to be the only engine offered when the model goes on sale later this year. The naturally aspirated 158 hp 2.0-liter could follow, though Honda might stick with the growing industry trend of only offering uplevel five-doors.

Honda assures us that Si and Type R variants will arrive in the near future, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four. In its hottest guise, the engine could make 340 horsepower, according to a report.

We’ll get a better look at the model at its official unveiling at the Paris Auto Show in late September.

[Image: CivicX]

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62 Comments on “Third Shoe Drops: Boatload of 2017 Honda Civic Hatchbacks Spied...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    So it’s a Honda product with a liftback, which was built in the UK.

    Welcome to the new Sterling 827SLi!


    Just kidding, because I like how the Sterling looks, and I don’t like this. Rear visibility will be poor because that C-pillar is huge, and then the view from the back window is bisected by spoiler. None of the angles make any sense, and the way the chromed trim ends at the rear pillar is just odd.

    • 0 avatar
      Fred

      I liked the Sterling as well, but this not so much. If only they could remove the slope and silly little wing thing. Yea maybe I’m asking it to be a little more wagon like.

      • 0 avatar
        Sloomis

        Or maybe just take the current sedan and make it a lift back. It looks like one anyway, and the little mail-slot trunk opening looks fairly useless.

        • 0 avatar
          Fred

          I like the idea of resurecting the Kaiser Traveler. Looks like a sedan, but practial like a hatch. I’m actually thinking more like the 2nd gen Accord hatch and the European Aero. Anything but a Crosstour poser.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      A Sterling 827 with Japanese build quality and no Lucas electrics? Intriguing!

    • 0 avatar
      Zykotec

      Actually , when talking about 80’s cars, it always baffled me that someone thought it was a good idea to let the japanese (which at the time for the most parthad not had one original or creative thought or idea) desing a car and let the British build it ( who at the time had not made anything even resembling a reliable product for decades) It seemed totally backwards, building Jaguars in Japan for instance would be ‘the right thing’ to do.
      But, by now, I’m on my 3rd Swindon built CR-V, and this is not the 80’s anymore. Getting rid of typical British management issues seems to have worked wonders.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Been a while since I read the long story on the subject, but I think at one point Rover owned 25% of Honda and had explored an acquisition of the company.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Correct RE: Honda-Rover ownership. They were a bit sore after all that went south, which I think is why they approached Acura with such trepidation. They had a four year head start on Lexus.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I feel like I could write some alternate automotive history on the subject. Imagine Rover actually having a bright exec and acquiring Honda?

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I think unfortunately that would lead to ruined Hondas rather than improved Rovers.

            BL dies hard.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Sounds like nice conflict in the story. Think “Tucker” on a larger scale.

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        Someone also thought it was a good idea to have Alfa Romeo (known for beautiful incredibly unreliable cars) build a dull Japanese car with unreliable Alfa guts, thus creating a car that was the worst of both worlds.

  • avatar
    whynot

    And just like the sedan and coupe it would look so much better if a few inches were lobbed off the rear.

  • avatar

    Dear god, that back end is ridiculously over styled. TWO spoilers and those hideous black mesh thingies. What were they thinking? This was going to be on my consideration list. But not anymore.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Civic Crosstour.

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      Unfortunately, yes. If the rear was more upright/squared off and they removed that hideous spoiler, then a naturally aspirated, manual transmission could find its way into my drive in the future.

      Always enjoyed and admired the many Civic hatches and wagon that were in our family over the years. Would be more than happy to renew the relationship if it wasn’t so obviously designed for those who probably cannot afford to purchase a new car.

    • 0 avatar
      warrant242

      The universal acclaim and massive sales numbers for the Accord version must have inspired them.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    That is one saggy rear end on that civic.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Cute chick with a bubble @ss.
    Might be good in bed but will they want to take her out in public?

  • avatar
    Fred

    When is Acura going to get a new ILX? This Civic has been out for awhile and hardly a mention. Or am I not paying attention?

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I love it. Can’t wait to test drive one.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    Please bring the manual transmission!

  • avatar

    I wonder if Honda uses focus group when considering design. I just can’t see someone thinking this is the right direction from a styling perspective.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    How hot does it have to be for a Fit to melt that much?

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    Accord coupe or Civic Si hatch? 2018 is gonna be a year of hard choices.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    At this point I don’t care what it looks like. This generation Civic with the 1.5 and hatchback is going to be an excellent car. Just get one in a dark color to hide the stylistic schizophrenia.

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    Built in England!
    Great!
    Hope this slows the damned Brexit suicide reports.

    As for the car?

    Well…is it me or do these “spoilers” seen here as well as the horrible Prius have any use?
    Are they really usefull? They seem to spoil vision and looks to me.

  • avatar
    brucebanner

    Hondas usually look better in real life. That said, I am liking this.

    My favorite civic hatchback was the 1992.

  • avatar
    RHD

    The body type is intended to maximize functionality.
    The style is to hide the form in an excess of lines, scallops, spoilers, trims and useless black plastic. It’s like a model wearing four or five necklaces at once – it’s way too much unnecessary junk, for absolutely no good reason.
    Honda is now following the styling crowd, where everyone is trying to outdo everyone else with an excess of tacky, useless overstyling features. Does anyone at Honda remember when their motto was: “Honda, we make it simple”?

  • avatar
    devonair

    Geez, what happened to Honda? It’s like every year the designers set out to make the Civic uglier and uglier. I miss the clean lines of my old 2000 Civic Si (in Electron Blue Pearl, naturally).

    • 0 avatar
      redmondjp

      Have you looked at most of the new Toyotas lately?

      Those new taillights on the Prius, for example?

      Reminds me of the late 1950s American cars.

      Twenty years from now, we’ll call this period ‘peak taillight.’

      • 0 avatar
        05lgt

        My wife started screaming and closed her eyes until I passed a new Prius. These artistic types are funny about industrial strength ugly. When it was just TMC I assumed it was a BSD’s half wit son being given full control over taillights. Now that Honda is on it too I’m scared it’s functional aero turbulence generation and we’ll be stuck with it.

    • 0 avatar

      Peak “Clean Civic” is the 2006-2011 gen for me. Really eye-catching, yet really pretty simple. They still look good and quite modern, despite being a 10-year old design.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Hondas used to look like such mature cars. Like a Japanese VW, styling wise. They’ve really lost it with this mess. It makes the ZDX/Crosstour look subdued.

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    While I wouldn’t say it’s pretty, it isn’t that much worse than the standard Civic and its certainly a lot more practical. It’s what the sedan should’ve been from the begining. As much as I wish it was a proper breadvan hatchback like the Civics of yore, I’ll be happy with what I can get. I crossed the Civic off my list last time I was car shopping due to a lack of liftback option, so next time around, I’ll be looking it. I kinda wish I had it now. Better to have Honda depreciation and ownership costs when you’re putting 24k miles a year on a car.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Looking forward to the next ILX. Given what they did with the last Civic, I’m sure they will make something pretty from this one. This is an abomination.

  • avatar
    motormouth

    My current car is a 2014 Civic hatch (Euro) which I bought new. It’s a great car and widely regarded as the thinking person’s choice, rather than just another Golf.

    This is clearly a rework of the existing car’s styling but it does seem overcooked. Apart from that Honda still needs to get with the program and offer the 1.6 DTEC TD in North America (Euro 6 compliant). That said, I fancy the 1.5 turbo, could be a OK, but then nothing could be worse than the anaemic 1.4 and 1.8 petrols we’very suffered for the past few years. Just worthless.

  • avatar
    RHD

    The more I look at this model, the more it looks like a hunchback instead of a hatchback. The mussy fuss at the back might just be an attempt to fix the awkward proportions.
    That said, I have had many Hondas and they have all been terrific. This one needs to have the rear half redone, or it will suffer from Crosstour Syndrome.

  • avatar
    86er

    The “supercar” touches on the business end are something.

    Certainly, with the decklid of a sedan being about ~4 inches, they might as well make everything a hatchback.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    AAAHHHHH! MY EYES! Sweet sacrificed deity on a pogo stick! that’s UGLY. WHY must China like ugly tail lights? Do they tell Chinese consumers the cars tail lights have to be this ugly to please the Americans? It has to be the extraterrestrials. No other explanation stands up.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      Where did you get China?

      • 0 avatar
        05lgt

        Earlier this week JB told us we had to suck up the big grills and other gaudy styling because the market that matters likes garish, China being the market that matters. My assumption is that they hate this gauche ugly hackery too, but are told they have to put up with it because it’s what the American market demands. Since it’s a conspiracy that benefits no human, it must benefit non-humans.

  • avatar
    shaker

    Boy, that’s gonna be one hard car to wax.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Hondas done a great job at paying tribute to the first gen Toyota Camry, or the Chevy Citation, you pick.

  • avatar
    brenschluss

    I liked the 3rd-party rendering of the Type R, but the dual cloacae look all wrong on a normal car.

  • avatar
    Sid SB

    Already with the stormtrooper edition.

  • avatar
    Fordson

    Why don’t the Japanese just cut to the chase like the Koreans did and hire some European-brand stylists to head up their design departments?

    You look at the current efforts of Nissan, Toyota, Subaru and Honda…and come to the unavoidable conclusion that “merely homely” would be a huge improvement.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    That is ugly.

  • avatar
    frozenman

    Ok then, will wait for an engine upgrade for the HRV and see how that works out. Maybe there is hope that an Acura version of this adolescent wet dream will be more tolerable?

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