You most probably has already seen the teaser Honda has released on the future Civic Hatchback, which will also have the Civic Type-R version. But Autoblog.nl has obtained leaked patent images that show the car as it will be produced, not in concept guise. And it looks really nice!
What is clear from the leaked images is that the front end of the hatchback version will be different from the one presented by the sedan. Compare them.
The hatchback will have larger headlights, in a more aggressive styling. They even resemble the family face adopted by Renault, with bracket-like frames around them. We just do not know if they are DRLs or just a design crease. This aggressive styling also applies to the front grille. The chromed frame in which the Honda logo is inserted is whole, with no upper opening, as in the sedan, and the lower part of it presents 4 fins.
At the rear we can see a small spoiler over the back window and a pronounced middle section. Note that the external rear-view mirrors are very little, what may indicate only a concept version, but it does not show the exhaust tail pipes that are so evident in the teaser image Honda has released. And the production elements are all very strong. The dashed lines probably indicate that the wheels and the rear-view mirrors can be different from the drawings. In the production car, we believe!
Its engines will be probably be the same ones the Civic Sedan already offers, such as the 2.0 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine, which pumps out 103 kW, and the new 1.5 turbocharged 4-pot petrol powerplant, which delivers 130 kW. Don’t forget also about the future 2.0 turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine that will power the Type-R and that is able to peak 228 kW. The tenth generation Civic Hatchback Type-R will be sold in the USA for the first time. With that engine…
This car really looks like the hatchback version of the Civic, but it is, in fact, the Concept B, a car that was presented at the Beijing Motor Show in 2014… Compare the patents drawings to the images of the car.
We hope the production version of the Civic Hatchback really looks like this. But it was not this time. We apologise for the mistake.