Honda is readying it's 3rd and last bodystyle for release in a number of markets, and just recently we got another look at prototypes of it, some images showing what looks to be exterior features we’ll find on the Type R model reported to arrive by 2018. It’s possible some of this could end up on a Si version:
At the back the central twin exhaust pipes from the concept remain, suggesting that this could be a quicker Type S model. You can just about make out the new taillights as well, which are also inspired by the concept's boomerang-shaped rear lamps.
At the front, you’ll notice the short overhangs and large air intakes, as well as all-new LED headlamps that give the car a fresh look. Unfortunately, the green foglights don’t meet current EU legislation!
Along the side there’s a sculpted line that runs the length of the car, breaking by the rear door handle to emphasise the rear haunches. A high bootlid and that familiar visibility-sneering spoiler finish it off, but Tsutamori insists that the now one-piece rear window will make manoeuvring infinitely easier than before.
- AutoExpressDistinctive C-shaped LED rear lights mark out the car at night, while the dual exhausts are likely only to feature on the most powerful Civic Type R versions. And while Tsutamori and his team wouldn’t confirm a hotter 10th-generation car, he hinted that such a car is under consideration.
“You can take it as a fact that this Civic hatchback already has enough material and talent in order to make a Type R out of it”, he said.
Aside from what the Type R model could potentially have, there's no surprise here for North Americans. Europe along with other markets can expect to have a 1.6-liter Diesel power plant available from launch.
- AutoCarThe Civic will be launched with three engines, including two new turbocharged VTECs – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder. Details are yet to be confirmed, but we expect the 1.5-litre engine to produce about 174bhp and the 1.0-litre to offer about 100bhp while emitting less than 100g/km of CO2.
The final engine at launch will be a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel, which will be carried over from the current car and should be good for close to 80mpg combined.
The most potent model, the Civic Type R, should feature a more powerful version of the current car’s 306bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged VTEC unit.
Similar to Sedan & Coupe
Honda worked to keep the hatch styled closely to its Coupe and Sedan siblings and they did. Mainly keeping the rear hatch similar to the coupe. On the inside, as seen through recent images, the interior remains unchanged from other 10th gen models.
- AutoCarWe first caught a glimpse of the 2017 Civic’s design when development mules of the saloon version were spotted testing last year. Now we've had a glimpse of a test mule, it looks like the hatch and saloon are likely to be based on the same wheelbase.
Principal designer, Diasuke Tsutamori told Auto Express: “This prototype is already on a very close level to mass production. When you see the final car, you will probably think it’s still the prototype.”
- AutoExpressIt takes its inspiration from the US-market Civic Coupe, adding a pair of doors and a useful hatchback at the rear. It certainly looked the part in our Frankfurt studio, though the true test will come when it sits alongside mainstream rivals on UK and European roads later down the line.
Less Aggressive Design
Although Honda concepts typically remain close to their production model versions, there has been a lot of toning down to what you now see posted throughout this article. However in higher performing trims, features like a center dual tip exhaust, aggressive aero, LED lighting return to some extent. Even as a basemodel we believe it look great among the competition.
- AutoCarUnlike the hot hatch-like concept, today's development car and earlier patent images show what regular models will look like. Although the overall shape is the same, the regular car gets simpler, less aggressive bodywork and smaller wheels. It also appears to have a hidden tailpipe as opposed to the sportier concept's centrally mounted twin-pipe set-up.
The bonnet is much longer than before as well, and it looks like the new model will get a sportier front bumper - a toned-down version of the one on the concept car.
- AutoExpressTsutamori told us: “We knew we needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European styling. The result is a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”
Later this year we'll see regular versions of the 2017 Civic Hatchback unveiled in full, unfortunately the wait for a Type R model could mean waiting over another year! Be patient
- AutoCarWe expect the 2017 Honda Civic to be officially unveiled in the autumn.
- JalopnikAutoGuide had a roundtable with American Honda Motor Co. Executive Vice President John Mendel where he said that the Civic Type R won’t be a 2016 model. Instead, it’s more likely to be 2017 or even a 2018 model year car, meaning it’s at least two years out.
That’s a bummer, but it’s not surprising. The next Civic will be an all-new global Civic, made and sold all over the world. The turbocharged Type R specifically will be built in England and imported here.