Even though the 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder is available for both the Civic Sedan and Coupe, it will not be making an appearance in the Civic Hatchback.
When the Civic Hatchback debuts in its production form, buyers won’t have a choice of engines since it only comes with the upgraded 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder with 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Some may think this could be due to the recent 2.0-liter piston recall but that’s not the case. Honda thinks the turbo engine paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT is better suited to the hatchback’s more performance oriented direction.
A smart move on their part because the hatchback is going to get a Si version and it will be the basis for the future Type R. This could also be an indication of the pricing because Honda can now charge buyers a premium when compared to the sedan and coupe.