Production model will be introduced later this year.

Honda is hoping drivers will want to put some junk in their trunk as the upcoming Civic Hatchback has been spied undergoing testing in Europe.

Recently previewed by the concepts at the New York and Geneva motor shows, the production model has a familiar design but it eschews the concept's aerodynamic body kit and center-mounted dual exhaust system.  The car has also more traditional bumpers and LED headlights.

Honda has been tight-lipped about specifications but the automaker has already confirmed the production model will be introduced later this year as a 2017 model.  The car will ride on the same platform that underpins the Civic sedan and will be offered exclusively with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the United States.  The engine will likely produce 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.  Regardless of the final output, the engine should be offered with either a six-speed manual or an optional continuously variable transmission.

The Civic Hatchback will be sold in a variety of markets and it will eventually be joined by the Civic Si and Civic Type R.  The company hasn't said much about the latter two models but both are slated to join the Civic lineup sometime next year.

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