New Honda Civic concept previews style rethink – AutoExpress

The uniquely ‘humpbacked’ stance of the current Honda Civic will certainly be consigned to history next year, as soon as an all-brand-new model goes on sale based on the styling idea pictured here.

The new-look Honda Civic has actually been previewed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and Auto Express was granted an early interview along with the chief designer to locate out a lot more regarding the upcoming 10th-generation hatchback.

While the Honda Civic idea auto you see right here is strictly for modelling purposes, it gives us a great tip of exactly how the brand-new model will certainly look as soon as it hits showrooms in February next year. 

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Principal designer, Diasuke Tsutamori told Auto Express: “This prototype is already on a fairly close degree to mass production. as soon as you see the last car, you will certainly probably believe it’s still the prototype.”

Honda Civic concept - Geneva show front with lights

It’s a stark departure from the latest car, which has actually regularly been criticised for its divisive styling. At the front, you’ll notice the short overhangs and large air intakes, too as all-brand-new LED headlamps that provide the auto a fresh look. Unfortunately, the green foglights don’t fulfill current EU legislation!

Along the edge there’s a sculpted line that runs the length of the car, breaking by the rear door cope with to emphasise the rear haunches. A higher bootlid and that familiar visibility-sneering spoiler complete it off, yet Tsutamori insists that the now one-piece rear window will certainly make manoeuvring infinitely less complicated compared to before. 

“the latest Civic has actually two weak points”, he said. “One is the rear visibility and the various other is the higher stance from the rear view.

Honda Civic concept - Geneva show side

“These two points were eliminated along with the brand-new design. We have actually lowered the rear spoiler and low its thickness. The window is now merely one sheet so you do not have actually hangups limiting your rear view.” 

New 10th generation Civic Type R ‘under consideration’

Distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights mark out the auto at night, while the dual exhausts are most likely just to feature on the many powerful Civic Type R versions. And while Tsutamori and his group wouldn’t confirm a hotter 10th-generation car, he hinted that such a auto is under consideration. 

“You can easily take it as a honest truth that this Civic hatchback already has actually enough material and ability in order to make a Type R from it”, he said.

Honda Civic concept - Geneva show front/side

It takes its inspiration from the US-market Civic Coupe, adding a pair of doors and a practical hatchback at the rear. It definitely looked the section in our Frankfurt studio, though the real test will certainly come as soon as it sits alongside mainstream rivals on UK and European roads later down the line.

Tsutamori told us: “We knew we called for to make a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European styling. The result is a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, fulfilling driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”

Improved practicality and versatility for the brand-new Civic

As this auto is a prototype, Honda has actually left out a couple of vital components. If you’re wondering exactly what it looks enjoy inside, you’ll have to wait a little longer – this auto doesn’t have actually a dashboard or even seats. We therefore can’t comment on interior design, quality or even headroom, for our model’s doors were firmly locked.

That said, enjoy Tsutamori insisted earlier, the brand-new auto will certainly supply practicality and versatility on a par along with its closest rivals. The brand-new auto is 30mm wider, 20mm reduced and 130mm longer compared to the latest car. Bosses assure us the large wheels and long wheelbase of the prototype will certainly remain, hinting at a sportier yet roomier family hatchback. 

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Honda Civic concept - Geneva show full front

“The decisive factor is the human being. We believe the quantity of space in this auto is absolutely sufficient in order to fulfil that requirement. Practicality is constantly vital in our design.”

The Reveal auto is free of engine either, though Honda has actually confirmed the production auto will certainly be the very first in its range to feature the brand-new 1.0 and 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engines, along along with a heavily revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel. 

It’ll be built at the brand’s manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK, and confirms a £215m investment in brand-new technology and procedures that will certainly be in position as soon as the auto goes in to production later this year.

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