The firm’s Kermit-green "Civic Concept" previewed the coupe version of the new Civic, which will run on an all-new platform that will underpin all versions of the car worldwide. The new pictures – which come from official patents filed by Honda over the car’s design – show that the production version will share the same metalwork, with the style toned down thanks to the removal of the concept’s deep front and rear air dams, rear spoiler, oversized wheels and tiny side mirrors. The images also show that the final car’s headlights will be slightly less futuristic than the concept’s all-LED versions.
Despite the tamer appearance, other key details including the concept car’s full-width rear light arrangement, have been retained for the production version. No doubt sportier versions of the car will come even closer to the concept’s overall appearance.
Honda’s patents also cover the sedan version of the Civic, which retains a coupe-style sloping rear roofline but adds a pair of rear doors and a redesigned rear section for added space and practicality. Overall, the sedan’s shape is noticeably similar to the "Concept B" show car (below) revealed at the Beijing Motor Show a year ago. Both the coupe and sedan share the same nose and windscreen, with the rear two-thirds of the cars differing to suit their intended purposes.
The new Civic coupe and sedan models represent the first of the all-new, 10th-generation cars to carry the Civic name, and they will be joined by a five-door hatchback in due course. In the meantime the five-door hatch version of the existing 9th generation machine looks likely to soldier on for a little longer, with the high performance, 306 bhp, 168 mph Type R version due to go on sale imminently.
Although technical details have yet to be announced, the 10th-gen Civics are expected to use 2.0l normally-aspirated four-cylinder engines and 1.5l turbocharged fours, all with Honda’s VTEC variable valve timing and lift system.