During the 2016 New York International Auto Show in March, the new Honda Civic hatchback prototype was re-revealed—it was originally unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show weeks before—to the American public.

Of course, concept cars are nothing new to the automotive industry. Unveiling unique, cutting-edge vehicles at large shows has become commonplace, a tried-and-true tactic to create water cooler chatter and industry buzz. But the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback appeared to be a little different. It immediately dazzled the crowd, eliciting a roar of applause and noticeable fanfare, and implanted this question into many a hatchback fan’s mind: When can I get my hands on this beauty?

While the details of its release date are still mostly unknown, we suspect the new Civic hatchback will join our Honda dealerships in South Florida by late 2016 or early 2017. Which seems just about right, since it will need to hit the ground running to compete with the Mazda3 and Hyundai Elantra hatchback models—the current staples of the class.

What else do you need to know about the new Honda Civic hatchback?

What is a “Prototype” Car?

First off, it was revealed as a “prototype.” If it had been in its infant stages of development Honda would have announced the Civic hatchback as a concept car, ultimately pushing its release date out from the borders of clarity.

Instead, the prototype label would lead us to believe that the model is nearly complete and ready for mass production—or so we hope—at Honda’s Swindon, U.K., plant. Some also speculate that this prototype is an introduction to the upcoming Type R.

What’s Cool About the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback?

Stylistically, Honda’s hatchback resembles the latest iteration of its beloved Civic sedan, but with a European-style hatch that adds a bit of flair to the classic roofline appearance. Most notable during its unveiling were features like LED lights, large wheels, a long wheelbase, and a centrally mounted dual exhaust.

Engineers built the prototype on a newly crafted chassis, allowing it to be wider, lower to the ground, and longer. The aggressive new stance makes the car feel as if it embodies a predator.

It was announced that the hatchback will arrive with just a single powertrain: A 174-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder. It will also come standard with a six-speed manual transmission—beautiful music to our ears, since turbocharged engines are very rarely married to manual transmissions in America—though buyers can opt for a model with an automatic CVT.

Honda will certainly deliver exceptional fuel efficiency with this new Civic hatchback, but official mileage details have yet to emerge.

Upon its unveiling, the new Honda Civic hatchback had no functional interior, and Honda did not disclose its plans for interior components, but we’d bet that they’ll slap in some seats and a dashboard before its global release party.

Will Your Honda Dealers near Miami, FL, Stock 2017 Civic Hatchbacks?

As a premier group of Honda dealerships, we will stock the new Civic hatchback model when it is released later this year or in early 2017. You can expect to find this model (and other newly released Hondas) at any of our South Florida Honda dealerships near Miami, FL.

In the meantime, visit your local South Florida Honda dealer to view our current lineup of new Honda cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans. Call one of our sales teams to schedule a test drive today!