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2016 Honda Civic gets VTEC Turbo, Hatchback Bodystyle

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Surprising the automotive industry, Honda revealed a new Civic at the New York Auto Show today. This so-called concept strongly hints at what the 10th-generation car will look like when it goes on sale this fall.

The biggest news of this sneak reveal is that Honda has confirmed the upcoming Civic will feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter VTEC engine. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual and one of Honda’s continuously variable transmissions.

SEE ALSO: Civic Type R Confirmed for America

Beyond this exciting powertrain news, the car will be sold as a hatchback in the U.S. once again. Honda will offer a five-door model in the American market for the first time in a decade. This body-style will be sold alongside sedan, coupe and Si models.

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All variants share the same basic architecture — an all-new platform — one that’s larger and safer than ever. The 10th generation Civic was developed in America and designed at Honda’s studio in Los Angeles. It will be built in North America as well.

Worldwide more than 20 million Honda Civics have been sold since the car was introduced back in the early 1970s. The new model should excite exiting customers and attract new buyers.

The sedan model is expected to land on the market first, followed by the coupe and finally the hatchback. Look for the all-hew Honda Civic at dealers this autumn. Further enticing enthusiasts Honda officially announced that they will bring the Civic Type R to the American market.

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