14 Nov Civic Hatchback Is Back To Rock North America
The Civic Hatchback is back in North America this winter after a long period since the Si Coupe in 2003. The 10th Gen Civic Hatchback and Type R were revealed earlier this year at the 87th Geneva Intl Motor Show. While we are still waiting for the Civic Hatchback to be launched in Europe/UK, we have got this little beast rocking the roads of USA/Canada.
Manufactured in the UK and imported to North America the 2017 Civic Hatchback is expected to start deliveries in early 2017 in Canada. US dealers are already offering the car but Honda USA website doesn’t mention the Sport Touring trim at this moment.
The following teaser launch video was revealed by Honda last month to ignite the excitement of the Civic enthusiasts.
The Hatchback has a legacy from the Honda Civic Sedan which won the 2016 North American Car Of The Year among numerous other accolades. For Honda Civic 2017 will be marked as 19th consecutive year as the best selling passenger car in Canada.
The 10th Gen Civic Hatchback is launched in four trim levels in USA LX, EX, EX-L Navi, Sport & Sport Touring. Canada though has got 5 trim levels with slight modifications i.e. LX, LX- Honda Sensing™, SPORT, SPORT – Honda Sensing™ & SPORT Touring.
As the case with the 2016 Sedan the 2017 Civic Hatchback also has the LED Headlamps only in the Touring trim only. EX, LX, EX-L & Sport trims will get the Halogen headlights. But honestly speaking I like the halogen lights more for the aggressive look of the hatchback.
The front chrome grill in the Sedan has also changed to Black in the hatch. This version of the Civic is 113 mm shorter than the Sedan but has the same wheelbase which enables the car to have the same interior dimensions as the Sedan.
Also Check: 2017 Civic Type-R Photo Gallery
The Sport Touring model is also shown to have dual exhaust tips in the center of the rear bumper, closely matching to the triple exhaust tips for the Type-R prototype shown at the Geneva Show earlier this year. Front has daytime runnig LED lights and taillights also have LEDs.
The rear features a body-coloured roofline spoiler adding value to the sporty look of the hatch. In addition upper trims have side-skirts and maybe lower trims have them available as an option too. Standar 16″ alloy wheels look stunning but for the ones eager to have more powerful presence and enhanced road grip 18″ Alloys are also available which are standard on the Sport Touring trim.
Honda haven’t brought many changes to the interior of the car from the Sedan. The EX-L Navi variant for the United States has the 8-way power seat including the power lumbar support adjustment for increasing back comfort on long journeys.
Also standard on the EX-L Navi version are the Heated Front Seats, Garmin®-based Satellite-Linked Navigation System with 5 years free map updates and Leather-Trimmed Interior.
EX and EX-L Navi have Remote Engine Start as standard feature to give you extra feel of luxury. Honda Lane Watch is also standard on EX & EX-L Nave what it does is anytime you signal right before changing lanes, a small camera on the passenger-side mirror will turn on and display live video on your Display Audio Touch-Screen.
Since interior dimensions haven’t changed from the Sedan there is 36.0 inch of legroom at the rear seat in this hatchback. One of the main features of a hatchback are the boot space and there is plenty of it in the 2017 Civic Hatchback. The cargo space is 25.7 cu ft while the rear seat is up and with the rear seat down the volume goes up to 46.2 cu ft and Honda claims this is the largest in it’s class.
Moonroof, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & Voice command features are standard on upper trims and some are optional on the lower trims.
2017 Civic Hatch is available with the 1.5 ltr Honda Earth Dreams engine only which produces 174 hp and optionally on the upper trims it’s 180 hp. But the 180 hp engine required premium/high-octane fuel, which will increase the cost of ownership in the long run. There is no 2.0 ltr or diesel engine available as of now.
On LX and Sport Touring variants the transmission is 6-Speed manual standard but the CVT tranny is available as an option, rest of the trims get CVT as standard transmission.
Fuel Efficiency for the Manual Transmission is: 30 City, 39 Highway, 33 Combined (MPG)
Fuel Efficiency for CVT: 31 City, 40 Highway, 34 Combined (MPG)
LX Starting At: $19,700
Sport Starting At: $21,300
EX Starting At: $22,800
EX-L Navi Starting At: $25,300
SPORT Touring Starting At: $31,000 (Rumored)
LX Starting At: $21,390
LX – Honda Sensing™ Starting At: $23,690
SPORT Starting At: $25,190
SPORT Honda Sensing™ Starting At: $27,490
SPORT Touring Starting At: $29,390
I found the following video review particularly helpful and without much clutter from the Motormouth Canada. This review is very helpful for the Canadian customers specifically, I will be adding more video reviews as soon as I find some good ones.