A couple of prototypes of the 2017 Honda Civic Sedan were spied performing hot weather testing in United States.
The tenth generation Honda Civic is going to represent a major departure compared to the outgoing model as aside from receiving a significantly different body, it will also aim to be a more upscale product. It was previewed back in April by a rather stunning concept and then we saw the sedan together with the coupe in fully revealing patent designs.
Seen here is the US-spec sedan wrapped in a full body camo, but nevertheless it’s easy to notice the sloped roofline which makes it look sleeker compared to the current crop of compact non-premium sedans. It might not be as aggressive as the concept, but it still has a promising silhouette together with optional full LED headlights and a pair of boomerang-shaped taillights extending onto the trunk lid.
Stepping inside the cabin, you’ll notice the dashboard doesn’t have the two-tier layout like the outgoing car as Honda has opted for a more conventional configuration which will probably be more appealing for a larger customer base. The higher-end prototype had leather upholstery and heated rear seats and it seems the cabin will be roomier than on the current car as there’s more legroom for rear passengers. Overall, it appears the quality of the materials has improved and hopefully this won’t affect the car’s price tag too much.
Set to be a global model, the all-new Honda Civic will debut this fall in United States as a sedan and will be followed shortly by the coupe. These two body styles are developed in North America while the Europe-bound hatchback version is being conceived in United Kingdom and will likely come out in 2017. All of the cars are getting a new 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine linked to a six-speed short-shift gearbox and a new continuously variable transmission.
Honda will also offer another engine, but its identity has not been disclosed at this point. What we do know is they plan to axe the Civic Hybrid and Civic CNG as they believe the conventionally-powered versions will be economical enough for most customers.