It seems like the Honda Civic Hatchback, which was recently shown to the world, might be the most accomplished Civic yet.
That's because the 11th generation of the Civic features simple styling, wide powertrain options, a "well-packaged" cabin, and "dynamic performance."
Scheduled to go on sale worldwide this year, Honda said the Civic Hatchback was designed with "excellent frontal visibility" and "coupe-like and flowing proportions."
LED headlights and a honeycomb grille adorn the front end, as well as a wide air dam (hopefully functional this time) flanked by blacked-out fog light housings.
The low and wide rear is designed to emphasize the excellent stance of the vehicle, Honda said. Immediately, it's clear that the Civic Hatchback looks neater than its predecessor.
Honda said the Civic Hatch will be equipped with e:HEV, its original two-motor hybrid system, while the model will spawn the all-new Civic Type-R in 2022.
Meanwhile, the Civic Hatchback will reportedly be powered either a 2.0-liter or 1.5-liter turbo engine, with the latter creating 180hp and 240Nm of torque. Either mill will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox aside from a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Inside the car's "visually noiseless interior," switches appear to be placed where they're expected to be, while the usual touchscreen sits atop the dashboard. Screen sizes are either seven or 10.2 inches, and carry the expected phone mirroring capabilities.
Opening the Civic Hatchback's "lightweight" tailgate shows a cargo space that can swallow bulkier objects, this car's probable advantage over its sedan sibling.
In keeping with its sporty character, the Civic Hatchback has been claimed to ride on a new aluminum front subframe, and underpinned by a new steering and suspension setup.
Rear lower control arms aim to keep the car stable during straight-line sprints, while low-drag front brake calipers, low-friction front and rear wheel bearings add to the chassis enhancements.
For safety, the Civic Hatchback will have the Honda Sensing safety suite as standard. It includes Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Low-Speed Braking Control.
The safety features will come in handy in local streets, should the hatchback come alongside the sedan, which might enter the market this year.
For now, the local Honda lineup has the City Hatchback. It's powered by a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This mill can dish out around 119hp and 145Nm of torque.
The City's engine and transmission duo helped the car net 25 kilometers per liter (kpl) during a recent fuel economy run.
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