College Place and Kennewick drivers are big fans of the 2016 Honda Civic, so news of the Honda Civic Hatchback prototype has created plenty of excitement. After making its global premiere at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show, the Civic Hatchback was shown at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, and it’s attracted plenty of attention.

We’re receiving plenty of calls for information, so here’s everything we know so far.

Bold New Styling

The Honda Civic Hatchback shares quite a few styling elements with the sedan model. That’s no bad thing since both are stunning vehicles, but the prototype demonstrates that upcoming Civic Hatchbacks will be far sportier.

The new Civic Hatchback will be wider, lower, and longer than the current generation, providing a confident stance while maximizing interior space. Larger and wider wheels are expected to heighten control and improve responsiveness, while short overhangs and muscular lines speak of the Honda Civic Hatchback prototype’s race-ready attitude.

In the words of Daisuke Tsutamori, Project Leader for the 10th generation Civic, the new model seeks to stay true “to the original Civic’s core values; a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”

Power and Performance

The Honda Civic Hatchback prototype is far from all show, with engine announcements indicating that this will be a model made first and foremost for driving enthusiasts. Unlike current models, this one will only be available with a 1.5L turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder engine.

College Place and Kennewick drivers will command up to 174 hp no matter their chosen trim level, and a 6-speed manual transmission will be available to let you control your drive.

Walla Walla Valley Honda is Home to the Latest Honda Models

Tsutamori remarked that, “We wanted to get more excitement back from the Civic.” It seems as if they’ve accomplished that goal in style. To find out more about the prototype, or to arrange a test-drive in the currently available 2016 Honda Civic Sedan, just pay a visit to Walla Walla Valley Honda in College Place, WA.

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