2012 Honda Civic hatch launch
LAUNCHED IN THE CAPE: The new 2012 Honda Civic four-door hatchback.
AERO TAIL LIGHTS: The whole wide assembly doubles as a spoiler.
MORE REAR GLASS: A moan about the previous Civic hatch was the poor rearward vision - a second glass panel has fixed that.
PRETTY IN PROFILE: The 2012 Honda Civic hatchback.
STATIC STREAMLINING: Close-up of the Civic's aerodynamic rear lights.
SEEING IS BELIEVING: And Honda has made it easier with the Civic hatch.
SPECIAL LIGHTS: The 2012 Civic hatch has high-intensity discharge or bi-xenon headlights, depending on model.
VARIOUS RIMS: They're all alloy, but range through 16, 17 and 18" depending on model and buyer's preference.
SUNSHINE ROOF: It's standard on the 2.2 turbodiesel Civic.
MANY CHANGES: The fascia assembly and steering wheel on the Civic hatch is different to that of the sedan.
TWO GEARBOXES: Six-speed manual or five-speed auto. Your call..
MORE CHANGES: Handbrake alongside the front passenger, gear-shifter closer to the driver and a host of new dials.
DRIVER'S OFFICE: Plenty to play with, from cruise control to Bluetooth.
DIFFERENT DIALS: Three large dials adorn the central fascia; the speed read-out is above them.
MULTI-FUNCTION SCREEN: All sorts of messages come up here - including your own wallpaper, or perhaps a fun message or image of the family.
AUTO AIRCON: Dual zones on some models but all have lots of adjustment.
NOSE JOB: The latest Honda Civic hatch takes on a whole new full-frontal look.