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The 10th-generation Honda Civic Hatchback has been spotted in undisguised form ahead of its world debut in late September at the 2016 Paris auto show.
The car is due in showrooms later this year as a 2017 model, where it will join the related Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe. It will be the first Civic Hatchback offered in the United States since the seventh-generation model early last decade.
This photo, and others like it posted to the CivicX forums, shows the Civic Hatchback boarding a transport ship in the United Kingdom. The country’s Swindon plant is responsible for global production of the car.
The production Civic Hatchback closely resembles the prototype version unveiled in March at the 2016 New York auto show, right down to the massive vents in the rear bumper and spoiler integrated with the taillights. The front of the car along with its interior is shared with the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe models.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback prototype, 2016 New York Auto Show
Just one powertrain will be offered at launch: a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-4 already found in the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe, where it delivers 174 horsepower. Like all Civics, drive will be to the front wheels only though buyers will have the choice of a 6-speed manual or CVT.
The Si and Type R models are expected to come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. This engine is fitted to the outgoing Type R, where it delivers as much as 305 hp.
The 2016 Paris auto show gets underway September 29. For more from the show, head to our dedicated hub.