The pricing for the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback has been announced ahead of the new bodystyle’s arrival into Australia in May. The Civic hatchback follows the same five-tiered lineup as its sedan sibling, and only the RS hatchback costs more than its sedan equivalent, with the rest of the range being identical.
“With the Honda Civic sedan laying a really strong foundation for our ‘One Civic’ plan during 2016, the arrival of the hatchback bodystyle will ensure customers know the Honda Civic is well and truly back in the small car game,” Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins said.
“Our target is to win the hearts and minds of private buyers with the all-new Honda Civic, and the sedan has certainly done that, achieving well over 20 per cent segment share since launch. So we expect private customers will put the Honda Civic hatch on their shopping list as well, as it’s an equally strong offering.”
The Honda Civic hatchback shares its styling with the Civic sedan from the B-pillar forward. The dashboard design is identical, and equipment like the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system remains the same as well. From the B-pillar rearward, the Civic hatchback is new. The rear roofline is taller than the sedan to provide superior practicality, while the rear overhang is shorter.
All variants of the Honda Civic hatchback feature a body-coloured upper tailgate spoiler and a black lower rear spoiler, along with Piano Black front grille and B-pillar exterior finishes, and a sporty interior environment with dark roof lining and pillar trims in place of the contrasting light interior colour on the sedan to focus on the hatchback’s sportier positioning.
The sporty RS model (from $32,290) gains a sportier look than its sedan equivalent. Its bodykit is more aggressive and features central-mounted tailpipes, similar to the performance Type R variant that arrives in Australia before the end of 2017.
The engine lineup of the Honda Civic hatchback mirrors that of the Civic sedan. The entry-level VTI and VTi-S variants receive a 104kW/172Nm naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre four cylinder petrol engine, with variants above the VTi-S receiving Honda’s new 127kW/220Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, and both variants receive a CVT automatic as standard, with no manual option available in Australia. Variants with the 1.5-litre turbo also receive a manual mode for the transmission coupled with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The 2017 Honda Civic hatch arrives in dealerships from early May. We’re big fans of the Civic sedan, and Chasing Cars will bring you all the information about the Honda Civic hatchback when it is launched in early May.
2017 Honda Civic hatch pricing (plus on-road costs):
- VTi 1.8 CVT – $22,390
- VTi-S 1.8 CVT – $24,490
- VTi-L 1.5T CVT – $27,790
- RS 1.5T CVT – $32,290
- VTi-LX 1.5T CVT – $33,590