March 28, 2016 By C! Magazine Staff

New York 2016: Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype graces North America

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First revealed during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype has made its North American appearance in this year’s New York Auto Show. Honda says they are set to make the tenth-generation model as the ‘sportiest and most expansive family of Civics in the car’s 44-year history’.

“The Civic Hatchback wraps the 10-generation Civic platform and five-door hatchback utility in emotional, Euro-inspired styling. Offered with the first application of the 1.5-liter turbo engine paired with a manual transmission, this sportiest Civic to date will attract a whole new set of enthusiast buyers to the model and Honda brand,” said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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No changes were made to the car as is crossed the Atlantic for the North American reveal. it gets the familiar styling from both the sedan and coupe with its sweptback headlights, along with its signature Solid Wing Face grill and aggressive front bumper. The prototype rides on distinct five-spoke alloy wheels that fill the wheel wells. Streaks of character lines adorn the doors and fenders of the prototype hatchback. The rear section gets the C-shaped taillights seen in the sedan and coupe but it gets its own finish that differentiates it from the sedan and coupe. Lastly, it gets center-mounted dual exhaust tips, tailgate mounted spoiler and a ventilated rear bumper.

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Similar to the production sedan and coupe, the hatchback concept is powered by the turbocharged Earth Dreams developed 1.5-liter i-VTEC inline-four. It churns out 174 PS along with 219 Nm of torque towards the front wheels. A Continuously Variable Transmission and a 6-speed manual are the transmission options for the production hatchback. The Civic Hatchback will be produced exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) plant in Swindon.

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