New Honda Civic concept car set to make Geneva debut

New Honda Civic mk10 teaser sketch

Honda will reveal a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show that previews the next-generation Honda Civic hatchback. This teaser image provides our first official look at the rear of the car.

Like many Honda concepts, it’s likely this Honda Civic design study will be closely related to the production model. The car’s shape is similar to that of the stylish Civic Coupe revealed last year, with the same distinctive rear lights and sporty roofline.

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The teaser image also shows some large vent-like styling details below the taillights, as well as two centrally-mounted exhaust pipes. It’s a very sporty look overall, but with the new Type R having only just come out we don’t expect this to be anything other than swish details on an otherwise close-to-production concept car.

The 10th-generation Civic will appear in 2017 with the aim of beating competition from the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf – a feat Honda hasn’t achieved for the past decade. It’ll be more efficient, more spacious and boast market-leading safety technology. Even better, it’ll still be built in Britain.

New Honda Civic to be British-built

The company is pumping more than £200million into its factory in Swindon, Wilts, for Civic production. CR-V production is moving to Ontario in Canada so Swindon can focus on ensuring the Mk10 is the best it can be; it will become the hub for Civic production, building all models for Europe and a number of key markets globally.

Next generation Honda Civic: exclusive images

Next Honda Civic front

Our exclusive images show how the production car should look, ditching the current version’s divisive design for something far sleeker and more stylish. 

Honda dropped its biggest hint of how the next Civic was shaping up at April 2016’s New York Motor Show. The Civic Concept was a two-door coupe, and while the car previewed was for markets like the US, it gave strong indications of how the Europe-bound Mk10 five-door will look.

It features an aggressively styled front end with sleek headlights and a prominent Honda badge. It’s likely to get a more coupé-like roofline with a stubby rear end and distinctive tail-lights.

Next Honda Civic rear

Inside, the current car’s cluttered layout should make way for a more ordered dashboard, with a large central touchscreen replacing the confusing split-screen arrangement. But the distinctive dials will likely be carried over. It should also be roomier, particularly in the back.

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Under the skin, it will be built on a new platform which will spawn saloon and coupé models – but the UK won’t get these. A swoopy Tourer estate is likely to arrive in 2018 and a hot Type R model with over 350bhp should follow soon after, too.

Mk10 Honda Civic spy shots

Our spies have already captured the car out on development drives, and while there are hints of the styling, the prototypes are more of a test bed for the next Civic’s powertrain technology. 

Next Honda Civic 2

The 2017 Civic will use two new direct injection VTEC turbo engines – a 201bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder and 127bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder will both join the range and replace the current naturally aspirated 1.8-litre engine. There’ll also be the choice of six-speed manual or CVT boxes.

A larger 2.0-litre turbo petrol could replace the current 1.8 and is set to form the basis of the next Type R. When the Civic goes on sale in 2017, it should start at close to the existing car’s sub-£16,000 price tag.

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