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August 16, 2016

Honda Canada adding UK built Civic hatchback to range

Honda Canada has confirmed it will add the UK-built Civic hatchback to its 2017 model line this autumn, supplementing locally- and US-built sedan and coupe versions, and will also sell the upcoming Type-R hatch next year.

Honda Canada has confirmed it will add the UK-built Civic hatchback to its 2017 model line this autumn, supplementing locally- and US-built sedan and coupe versions, and will also sell the upcoming Type-R hatch next year.

“We’re bringing back the much anticipated sporty, stylish and sophisticated Civic Hatchback to Canada,” said, Dave Gardner, senior vice president of operations, Honda Canada. The automaker has previously built Civic hatchbacks in Canada, exporting some as far afield as Brazil and Taiwan, but has not offered a five-door model for about a decade.

The North American hatchback is built on the same platform as the 10th-generation Civic sedan (Honda Canada’s Alliston 1 was lead plant for this version) and coupe and Canada will get LX, Sport and Sport Touring trims with the same single engine as for the US: a 1.5-litre DOHC direct-injected turbocharged I4 making 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque in LX trim and 180 horsepower and 162 lbft of torque in Sport and an new Sport Touring grades which have a high-flow centre-mounted exhaust.

Six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions will be available. Anticipated NRCan fuel economy ratings are 7.7/6.0/ 6.9 litres/100km for the LX CVT trim and 7.9/6.6/7.3 litres/100km for the Sport and Sport Touring CVT trim. Manual transmissions with all trims will come with an NRCan rating of 8.0/6.2/7.2 litres/100km.

The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes collision mitigation braking system (CMBS), forward collision warning (FCW) integrated with CMBS, lane keeping assist (LKAS), road departure mitigation (RDM), lane departure warning integrated with RDM and adaptive cruise control (ACC) with low-speed follow will be available across the range. All trims will have Honda display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, heated front seats and heated side mirrors, optional power driver and front-passenger seats and optional remote engine start.

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