The much-loved and often-missed Honda Civic hatchback is due to return to Canadian dealerships in 2017.
Unlike the Honda Civic sedan and coupe – which are currently on sale in Canada and come with the option of a turbocharged or naturally-aspirated engine – the Civic hatchback will only be available with a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine. Transmission options include a CVT or a six-speed manual.
The hatchback will be built in Swindon, England; the sedan is currently built in Alliston, Ontario.
The 1.5-litre turbo is a DOHC direct-injected four-cylinder mill tuned to produce 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque in LX trim; and 180 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque in the Sport and Sport Touring trim.
The Sport and Sport Touring will also feature an aesthetically pleasing center-mounted exhaust.
The Civic remains Canada’s best-selling car after 18 years of sales leadership–the new Civic hatch is likely to help in maintaining that sales lead, thanks to its inherently fun demeanor and sharply styled sheetmetal.
The new Civic hatchback may, in some ways, become the spiritual successor to the CRX–a car that captured the hearts and wallets of a global fan-base. The Honda CR-Z Hybrid was propped up as a successor to the CRX, but failed miserably in the sales department due to excessive weight and uninspiring handling.
The new Civic hatchback will face off against some strong competitors in its class, including the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
Sales of the new Civic hatchback are expected to begin this fall, with prices starting in the low- to mid-$20,000 range.
The vaunted Civic Type-R is also due to hit North American shores for the first time, in 2017, and will be based on Honda’s new hatchback model.