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2017 Civic Hatchback Prototype Makes North American Debut

Honda hot hatch bows in New York, along with news that turbo 1.5L mill will come with 6-speed manual option.

Mar 25, 2016
Photographer: Honda

Three weeks after breaking cover at the Geneva auto show, the 10th-gen. Civic Hatchback Prototype resurfaced on the other side of the Atlantic at the New York auto show, and with it came some tantalizing news that every Honda fan worth his salt has been waiting to hear. The all-new 1.5-liter turbo engine will be married to an available 6-speed manual transmission. Hot damn.

We had surmised incorrectly that the prospects of such a thing happening seemed pretty slim, considering even in ECO mode the 1.5T with a CVT was faster off the line than the previous gen.’s Civic Si. With this development, the groundwork now appears to be laid for the Civic Type R to make its North American entrance.

2017 Civic Hatchback Prototype   2 copy Photo 2/2   |   2017 Civic Hatchback Prototype 2 Copy

The five-door hatchback will be built at Honda of the UK Manufacturing and will be exported to the US. It will feature one powertrain for the US market, the said 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbo engine, that can be mated to either a CVT or 6-speed manual gearbox. The hatchback will launch later this year as the third new Civic variant, joining the 2016 sedan and coupe. The 10th-generation Civic lineup will be rounded out in 2017 with the addition of the Si and Type R. Mark your calendars.

For more pics of the Civic Hatchback Prototype, check out our sister site Motor Trend's gallery from New York.

Bob Hernandez
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