Caught out in the open, Honda’s tenth generation of the extremely popular Civic adopts an entirely different design than the outgoing model and also seems to be bigger, giving the impression that it’s as large as the Accord. This undisguised prototype was spotted in Michigan, United States ahead of the model’s official introduction programmed for next Wednesday. It’s important to mention the new Civic was developed as a true global model, unlike the previous generations which were engineered only for specific markets.
Honda is characterizing their new compact model as the “most ambitious remake in its 43-year history” and by the looks of it they are just about right as upon first glance the new Civic appears to be a significantly more upscale product with a sleek design that make it look more like a fastback than a conventional sedan. Those boomerang shaped taillights certainly make it stand out in this segment while the sloping roofline ensures an appealing design that will probably lure in more young buyers.
We know for a fact the upper-spec versions will be offered with full LED headlights and heated rear seats, both of which are a novelty for the Civic. Underneath the hood there will be a newly developed four-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbo engine working together with either a 6-speed manual or an optional continuously variable transmission.
Although we can’t see the interior cabin in these shots, our sources tell us Honda has removed the two-level dashboard layout in favor of a more conventional configuration which will probably attract more customers who prefer a traditional dash look.
The sedan will be the first to come out and will be shortly followed by the coupe, with both of them being developed in North America. There’s also going to be a five-door hatch engineered in United Kingdom while later on Honda has plans to launch a sporty Si model along with a fully-fledged Type R.