Next Honda Civic turns on the style

Next Honda Civic front

After years in the wilderness, Honda is enjoying a renaissance, with a new line-up aimed at winning back the hearts of prospective customers and diehard fans.

We’ve seen the first fruits with the new Civic Type R, NSX supercar, Jazz supermini and HR-V supermini-SUV. But to maintain the momentum, the brand’s already working hard on the next Civic and attempting to put right what the current model got wrong – and our exclusive images show how it could look.

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.

Next Honda Civic rear

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.

Our images show how the 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’s New York Motor Show. The Civic Concept was a two-door coupé, 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.

Civic Concept

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.

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.

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.

Next Honda Civic 3

Our spies have captured the car out on development drives, and while the black model (pictured below) hints at the styling, it’s more of a test bed for the next Civic’s powertrain technology. It’s expected to use Honda’s new 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol, which recently debuted in the HR-V, plus a British-built 1.6-litre diesel. 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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