Will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is inching closer to production as spy photographers have caught up with a prototype undergoing testing in Europe.

Recently previewed by a concept at the New York Auto Show, the production model follows in the footsteps of the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe as it adopts a stylish design that is sure to turn heads.  Many details remain hidden by camouflage but we can see the car features angular headlights, bulging front fenders, and two-tailgate mounted spoilers.

The interior is instantly recognizable as it features high quality materials and a pleasing design.  Highlights will include a three-spoke steering wheel, metallic accents, and an infotainment system which is curiously lacking in this particular prototype.

Honda has been keeping specifications under wraps but the company has already confirmed the car 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.  It should be offered with both a six-speed manual as well as an optional continuously variable transmission.

The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback will be unveiled later this year and it will soon be joined by the Civic Si and Civic Type R which are due next year.

Gallery: 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback spy photos

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