The five-door hatchback also will serve as the basis for the "radical" new Civic Type R that debuts here in 2017, American Honda Motor Co. said in a statement on Monday.
Pricing of the U.K.-built Civic Hatchback will be announced closer to the launch date.
"The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda's U.S. Division, in a statement.
The Civic Hatchback will be available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Sport Touring models.
The new Sport Touring model features Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies as standard equipment, along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and LED headlights. Honda Sensing includes forward collision warning and road-departure mitigation.
All versions of the Civic Hatchback will be equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, linked to either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.
The LX, EX and EX-L will deliver 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Horsepower bumps up to 180 in the Sport and Sport Touring models with the same torque.
A roomy interior, best-in-class rear legroom and cargo volume add to the Civic Hatchback's appeal against such competitors as the Ford Focus, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchbacks.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers won't have to wait long for this exciting addition to the Honda Civic lineup.