To debut in Paris alongside the Civic Sedan and Jazz Spotlight Edition.
It was less than a month ago when Honda took the virtual wraps off the Civic Hatchback in U.S. specification (pictured below) and now they have released a teaser with its European sibling. As you would imagine, it’s going to look virtually the same, albeit the Euro version won’t have the orange side markers which are mandatory on U.S. cars. The interior cabin should be carried over as well, so the differences between the two will be on a subtle level.
Honda isn’t providing any details about the Civic Hatchback set to be sold on the old continent, but we already know it’s going to be available with a new three-cylinder, 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. In addition, the five-door hatch will also be offered with the 1.5-liter already powering the sedan and coupe in United States. Being a model destined to be available in Europe where diesels are still very popular despite the recent scandals, Honda will sell the model with its familiar 1.6-liter i-DTEC unit which might be updated for this new application.
The Swindon-built hatchback is going to be joined in Paris by the sedan (pictured above in U.S. guise) which will be assembled like the outgoing model in Turkey at the company’s factory in Gebzé. The model is scheduled to hit the market at the beginning of 2017, but the automaker points out it will not be offered in U.K.
Later on next year, Honda is going to introduce in United States the range-topping Civic Type R which has already been caught on camera several times. Hopefully, there won’t be a delay regarding the Euro launch of the model and the hot hatch will be available right away in all markets.
Also at the Paris Motor Show, Honda will have on display the Jazz Spotlight Edition which will basically be a production version of the Jazz Keenlight concept shown earlier this year in Geneva. Much like the Civic Sedan, the new Jazz model won’t be available in U.K. dealerships. In the markets where it will be sold, the new Jazz version will feature bronze body accents, bespoke 15-inch alloy wheels, and some tweaks inside the cabin, but nothing to write home about.
HONDA TO UNVEIL CIVIC HATCHBACK AT PARIS MOTOR SHOW 2016
- Honda unveils the European version of the new Civic Hatchback
- Sedan version also makes European debut
- New Jazz Spotlight Edition showcases new premium look and feel for supermini
Honda will take the next step in its European product offensive at the 2016 Paris Motor Show with the unveil of the new Civic Hatchback.
Global premiere of Civic Hatchback
The Civic Hatchback makes its global motor show debut at Paris, showcasing the mass production exterior and interior design. The car is set to appear in showrooms across Europe from early 2017.
Civic is Honda’s biggest selling nameplate worldwide and the brand has undertaken the most comprehensive research and development programme in its history for this tenth edition.
Honda’s stand will also feature the four door sedan model of Civic. Built at Honda’s production facility in Gebzé, Turkey, the new design includes an improved exterior and interior design. While not on sale in the UK, this car will be available in mainland European markets from early 2017.
Jazz Spotlight Edition
The Jazz Spotlight Edition will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show. The Jazz Spotlight Edition is an evolution of the Honda Jazz Keenlight concept revealed at Geneva earlier this year.
While not available in the UK, the Spotlight Edition is based around a series of design features aimed to appeal to a more fashion conscious customer. Enhanced elements include bronze front grille decoration, door mirror decoration, decals along the flank of the car, unique 15” alloy wheels, tailgate decoration, steering wheel and centre console treatment.
Philip Crossman, managing director at Honda UK, commented: "The unveil of the 10th generation Civic at this year's Paris Motor Show continues the journey we started last year with the complete overhaul of our entire range.
"Couple that with the fact the introduction of the new Civic heralds a new era for the plant in Swindon, as it will become the global manufacturing hub for the British-built Civic hatchback, and we are in a fantastic position going forward."
The Honda Press Conference will take place at 14:30 at the Honda stand #102