The front of the Civic Hatchback adopts a different grille from that of the sedan by incorporating hexagonal openings instead of the horizontal slats of the four-door. The most important changes are at the rear. This model visually appears more compact as the rear overhang and overall length is 4.9 inches (12.4 centimeters) shorter than the sedan.
The Civic Hatchback sports an arched roofline that makes it appear more elegant than the sedan. Honda manufactures the hatchback from a lightweight composite. The taillights have a bar across the width of the tail, while the sedan has separate lamps on either side.
With the tailgate up, the opening is 1.6 inches (4.06 centimeters) wider than the previous generation Civic Hatchback. A side-pull cargo cover helps conceal what’s inside. Cargo space drops slightly to 24.5 cubic feet, down from 25.7 cubic feet for last year’s model.
Unlike the sedan, you will be able to order the Civic Hatchback with a six-speed manual transmission. It will be available on the Civic Sport trim with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder developing 158 horsepower (118 kilowatts) and 138 pound-feet (187 Newton-meters). The three-pedal layout will also be a choice on the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder developing 180 hp (134 kW) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm).
A CVT is available on all models and is the only choice on the LX and EX-L versions. Getting this drivetrain on the Sport or Sport Touring adds paddle shifters.
Honda also notes that there are adjustments to the suspension and steering tuning to give the Civic Hatchback a sportier feel than the sedan.
Inside, the Civic Hatchback LX, Sport and EX-L trims will have a 7.0-inch instrument display and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The Sport Touring expands the instrument monitor to 10.2 inches and the infotainment to 9.0 inches.
Honda will build the Civic Hatchback at its plant in Greensburg, Indiana.