Although a high-performance Civic Type-R is on its way, Honda promises that this hatchback will also deliver 'fun-to-drive' characteristics.

Honda has just narrowed down the release date of a model we all knew was coming. The automaker has confirmed that the highly-anticipated Civic Hatchback will make its way to Canadian soil this fall.

The Hatchback is bound to further cement the Civic's number-one seller dominance in the Canadian new car marketplace. Honda already sells sedan and coupe body styles, but the five-door version is bound to resonate with those who want more practicality and versatility in their compact cars.

All Civic Hatchbacks come equipped with a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 172 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. You get the choice of mating the engine to either a six-speed manual transmission, or a continously variable transmission for those who prefer two pedals.

Although a high-performance Civic Type-R is on its way at some point, Honda promises that this hatchback will deliver "fun-to-drive" characteristics, along with "Euro-inspired styling." The hatch does in fact come equipped with a fully independent suspension front and rear, sport-tuned electronic power steering with variable gear ratios, and four-channel anti-lock disc brakes.

The hatchback is built on the same platform as the Civic sedan and coupe, and will come in three trim levels - LX, Sport, and Sport Touring, the latter of which features a high-flow centre-mounted exhaust. It looks like Honda is trying to simplify the five-door offerings, because the Civic sedan comes available in no less than seven trims.

Regardless of trim, every Civic Hatchback gets plenty of goodies, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and heated front seats and heated side mirrors.

Summer may be coming to an end in less than a month, but at least Canadians have some fun new compact hatchbacks to look forward to. Along with the five-door Civic, General Motors is set to unveil its Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback as well.

Source: Honda

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