Finally, the tenth-generation Honda Civic is getting the hatchback treatment in North America. The new model Civic has received praise as well as jabs regarding its looks and overall design, it seems to simply depend on who you ask. Despite all this, the tenth generation Civic underwent numerous updates to its chassis, powertrain and interior in order to enhance the experience from behind the wheel. Honda consistently labeled the latest generation as “sporty,” especially considering that the car is now available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged power plant from the factory. However, the manufacturer made the odd decision of only equipping the 1.5-liter models with a continuously variable transmission, saving the manual transmissions for the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated iterations.
The new hatchback Civic, however, is a different story. Honda answered our prayers by making this model available with both the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission. This offering provides up to 180 horsepower and 162 lb-ft torque, depending on the trim. Be on the lookout as the new Honda Civic Hatchback arrives to North America this fall, serving as the basis for the new Civic Type-R slated to launch in the United States in 2017.