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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.
 

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Plus with the hatchback coming from Swindon (or so it has been reported), this might avoid having to either produce the NA 2.0 in Europe or ship it from North America. This engine may not have other application in Europe.
 

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When will full specs be available for the hatchback?


I'm most interested in total vehicle length (my spot in garage is 180" max), cargo capacity, and fuel economy. I care more about fuel economy than acceleration, and I definitely will NOT begetting a CVT. I've owned nothing but manuals for 35+ years and don't want any kind of auto trans even if the EPA rates it higher in gas mileage.
 

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Seem's odd to me to limit the hatchback to only performance oriented buyers. The Type R already gets plenty of parts, inside and out that make it stand out. I figure a lot of people would probably like to buy a hatchback but could care less about how fast it goes.
 

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A smart move on their part because the hatchback is going to get a Si version...
Please let this be true. Everything I've read seems to indicate that the Si will be a coupe and sedan only thing.

My first pick is the CTR; however that is totally dependent on how crazy dealers decide to go with markup. Otherwise I'd be content with a Si hatchback.
 

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Well, a 2.0 (revised) would have been just fine for me, but if I have to get a 1.5T, I think I can live with that!
 

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I'm looking forward to test driving the 1.5T hatchback with a 6 speed manual. In fact, when I got wind of this new Civic I delayed my new car purchase. I was ready to pull the trigger on a VW Golf or Sportwagen 1.8 TSI 5MT, but now I'll wait until I can test drive both for comparison. Also in the running are the Ford Focus 3 cylinder (for fuel economy) and the Mazda3 2.0. I've read a lot of good things about the Mazda, but the one not so good thing (road noise) is probably a deal breaker. I go on several long road trips every year, and my biggest complaint about the Honda Fit Sport 5MT I've been driving since January 2007 is the road noise and 4000rpm @ 82mph interstate speed. The biggest reason the new Fit isn't in the running is the top gear on the 6MT has the same ratio as the old 5MT. Aside from that my Fit has been very reliable, economical, fun to drive, and the cargo capacity is incredible for such a small car. The Golf Sportwagen is in the running because nothing in this class comes close to its cargo capacity. At 180" long (max length for my spot in the garage) it's shorter than the Civic sedan. I'm waiting to see the length and cargo capacity of the Civic hatchback.
 

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I'm looking forward to test driving the 1.5T hatchback with a 6 speed manual. In fact, when I got wind of this new Civic I delayed my new car purchase. I was ready to pull the trigger on a VW Golf or Sportwagen 1.8 TSI 5MT, but now I'll wait until I can test drive both for comparison. Also in the running are the Ford Focus 3 cylinder (for fuel economy) and the Mazda3 2.0. I've read a lot of good things about the Mazda, but the one not so good thing (road noise) is probably a deal breaker. I go on several long road trips every year, and my biggest complaint about the Honda Fit Sport 5MT I've been driving since January 2007 is the road noise and 4000rpm @ 82mph interstate speed. The biggest reason the new Fit isn't in the running is the top gear on the 6MT has the same ratio as the old 5MT. Aside from that my Fit has been very reliable, economical, fun to drive, and the cargo capacity is incredible for such a small car. The Golf Sportwagen is in the running because nothing in this class comes close to its cargo capacity. At 180" long (max length for my spot in the garage) it's shorter than the Civic sedan. I'm waiting to see the length and cargo capacity of the Civic hatchback.
They did think ahead and offer us a rear pass-through. Even just looking at the rear proportions without factoring in how the rear pass-through can help us, it seems like 80% of us will find it will carry all we need:

Civic Coupe also features a 60/40 split rear bench with pass through
 
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