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Honda is working on a hatchback version of the Civic, and here are some of the first spy photos available of that model.

You can tell that this is the hatchback version because of the large, rounded rear end and the higher deck lid tip off.

One of these spy photos actually shows all three bodystyles (sedan, coupe, and hatcback), which is a great way to compare the three different body styles.







 

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second picture down was a great capture of all 3 models which at this point goes a long way in pointing out the differences between them, especially with the sedan and hatch.

thanks for posting these.
 

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No problem! :D

I wonder what the tail lights will look like on the hatchback version. Will it get a light bar across the back? I'm thinking no.
 

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No problem! :D

I wonder what the tail lights will look like on the hatchback version. Will it get a light bar across the back? I'm thinking no.
Last picture, also included below, is the best look at it which at the same time is a horrible look, not much to make out of it.

Tough to say what it'll look like, I want to say similar to the sedan, but not sure about that

 

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the middle one *in the picture of all 3* can not be a hatchback.

can't even use the word hatchback to describe that, at best its a fastback.

because a hatchback = space to put big bulky stuff.

that thing starts to slope down way too early. it needs another foot....then it can start sloping down.
 

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the middle one *in the picture of all 3* can not be a hatchback.

can't even use the word hatchback to describe that, at best its a fastback.

because a hatchback = space to put big bulky stuff.

that thing starts to slope down way too early. it needs another foot....then it can start sloping down.
I guess you have a point with that, we'll have to wait to see the specific name they give it whether that be 'Crosstour', like the Accord or something else.
 

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They all look relatively the same. These are suppose to be the spy pics of the Sedan Honda Civic or Hatchback version? I'm confused..
 

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O, a crosstour Civic would be a very interesting move. There is a demand for cars like that right now, so they would be riding a trend. That would also explain the silhouette that we see here.
 

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Ok I'm a huge civic fan but didn't Honda learn from the accord crosstour that it didn't sell so my question is why cant the civic get a normal hatchback shape because the spy photos show more of a lift back design than conventional hatch in other renderings i saw from honda
 

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Ok I'm a huge civic fan but didn't Honda learn from the accord crosstour that it didn't sell so my question is why cant the civic get a normal hatchback shape because the spy photos show more of a lift back design than conventional hatch in other renderings i saw from honda
These pictures are of test mules pieced together from various cars, and the first one in the thread is a sedan, not a hatch. We don't really know what the hatch will look like other than it will share the front end with the coupe and sedan.

Judging by honda's european hatchback civics from the past 2 cycles we could see a similar shape to those with the split rear windows. OR. Honda could surprise us and go with a more traditional hatch rear. We don't really know. Personally i like the backs of the euro civic hatches both the current and previous gen. I like the split rear window and more sloped roof and back end. But at this point it's kind of up in the air what honda will actually do with the hatch.
 

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oh ok well lets hope it's a conventional hatch especially if they want to make an r version
The biggest deciding factors in that is what honda thinks will sell in europe and asia. Because this is a global car now it has to have very wide appeal. The coupe and sedan only really have to appeal to the Americas. But the hatch has a much wider audience.

It won't be a liftback look, it'll definitely be a more traditional hatch design, but my guess is that it'll still have a down sloping roofline. Imagine lifting the coupe trunk and putting a window below the headlight bar, and i think that'd be a good idea of what we can expect to see.
 

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Plus side to the hatch is with it doing well in the markets its already in and have been for a while, it probably gave them some justifiable reason to plan to off load some to the american market, acting as a great way to 'test the waters'
 

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Plus side to the hatch is with it doing well in the markets its already in and have been for a while, it probably gave them some justifiable reason to plan to off load some to the american market, acting as a great way to 'test the waters'
Definitely, by importing a somewhat limited number of hatches from europe where they know they'll sell they aren't taking as big a financial risk.

Granted if (and thats a big IF) the hatch does as well as the coupe and sedan variants they could then move production here to help boost inventory. Its a smart strategy to "test the waters" like you mentioned.

I also know that compared to its direct competition in europe the civic doesn't sell nearly as well as it does here by comparison. So i wonder if that's incentive to change up what they've been doing with the civic hatch and go with a more traditional look (like the golf and others) instead of doing the super sloped double window treatment. (which i personally love)
 

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Oh please no, not the VWroute
that's one of the reason why I love Honda
a civic still stands out amongst all those boring looking VW's and lookalikes
every car maker these days tries to make their car look 'german'
f.e. the peugeot 305
http://www.guideautoweb.com/galeries/24255/le-podium-de-la-voiture-de-l'annee-en-europe/?im=3
it so desperately tries to be an audi A3 it's just pathetic
be yourself
ok, honda in europe doesn't have the mainstream likeability those germans have
it's a car that you love or you hate: but that's just the charm of it!
 

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I would definitely rather see Honda stick to their current split rear window design. It makes the car have a more sleek profile and look less minivan (my one gripe with the fit). Loved the last gen euro civic 3 door hatch (only the 5 door made it to the current gen).

Not to mention the split rear window would work perfectly with a solid rear taillight bar similar to the one on the 10th coupe.
 

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bring back the bubble back, bring back the bubble back...

Those were the days.

These days a hatch Honda would come out with wont even be close to what those were like.

With how cheap those 90's hatches and their parts can be had for it'll make for a nice side project.
 

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Those were the days.

These days a hatch Honda would come out with wont even be close to what those were like.

With how cheap those 90's hatches and their parts can be had for it'll make for a nice side project.
I still have a soft spot for my first car, my 95 Civic sedan. It wasn't fast and it was loud as ****, but it hugged the corners, was super reliable (over 200k miles) and had great MPG. (better than some of my newer ones at times).

I always wanted a 91-95 coupe or hatch, those were the best looking.
 
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