Honda is quickly closing in on the reveal of the 11th-generation Civic small car’s hatchback body-style, which will soon go it alone in Australia following the decision to not offer its recently unveiled sedan sibling.
Set to make its debut at 11.00am on Thursday, June 24 (AEST), the new Civic hatchback has been teased with a darkened image of its side profile, which illustrates the key differences between it and its sedan counterpart.
Of course, the hatchback has a slopier roofline than the sedan, although the coupe style of both body-styles has blurred the lines further than before. Either way, the former has a tailgate, while the latter a bootlid, with both getting unique tail-lights.
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Otherwise, the hatchback appears to look the same as the conservatively styled sedan, which sent a warning shot to the competing Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30, Kia Cerato, Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza when it was revealed in April.
Similarities are also expected inside, with the hatchback likely to get the sedan’s 7.0- or 9.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen multimedia system with wired or wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support respectively.
A 7.0-inch multifunction display or a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster should round out the hatchback’s simple cabin alongside an available wireless smartphone charger and 12-speaker Bose system.
Advanced driver-assist systems are expected to include autonomous emergency braking (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control (with stop and go functionality), traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring (with a passenger-side camera) and cross-traffic alert.
For reference, two four-cylinder petrol engines are on offer in the sedan, including 118kW/187Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated and 134kW/240Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged options, with the latter up 4kW/20Nm over the previous generation.
Either way, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with simulated gears (paddle-shifters can be had) combines with front-wheel drive, while Eco and Sport drive modes are in tow.
Stay tuned for our upcoming coverage of the hatchback’s unveiling, which is unlikely to include the new Type R performance flagship, but rest assured it’s also coming.