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2012 Honda Civic Hatch on sale in Australia in June

May 8, 2012

The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Hatch is set to go on sale in Australian in June this year. The Hatch will join the just-introduced ninth generation Honda Civic sedan (full Sport review here).

The Civic hatch has been developed to pass the strictest of European standards, including Euro 5 emissions, and NCAP five-star safety. In Australia, the Hatch has achieved ANCAP five-star safety, while average fuel consumption is rated at 6.1L/100km for the manual and 6.5L/100km for the auto.

Honda will launch two variants of the Hatch in Australia; the VTi and the VTi-L. Both come with the revised 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine producing 104kW of power and 174Nm of torque, also seen in the new VTi-L sedan (full review coming soon).

Unfortunately, there’s no sign of a hot Type R version just yet, however, earlier reports have indicated that a new version could be on the way next year, sporting a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. The new model is expected to output around 157kW and significantly more torque than the outgoing model.

As for the VTi and VTi-L, the Hatch showcases a lower and wider body profile than the sedan, giving off a sportier stance. Inside, there’s the same Intelligent Muilti-information display (i-MID) as the new sedan, while the VTi-L will come with a soft leather upholstery.

Pricing details and full specifications will be announced closer to the launch in mid-June.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.