What kind of version exactly? The civic is global car now. Other than offering diesel options and smaller gas engine options in europe what other versions could they release other than the type R and Si that would have exhaust pipes like that? And we already know we're getting both of those (europe might not get an Si, but who knows at this point)I think the tailpipes would look a lot better if they were the same size. The middle pipe looks inadequate between the two bigger ones. Depending on where you are, this version of the civic may not be available to you. I think another version will be made for the European market.
Its just a test mule. It looks like an acura because it is. The entire 2/3 front of the car is an ILX. The back end is a current gen euro hatch. We saw one of these some months ago testing. It's a cheaper easier way to test various components for the upcoming 10th gen hatch without actually having a production ready body for the car.The grille looks more Acura than Honda. Maybe this isn't a Civic. Probably some mash up of different models just to take out testing.
I could see it being a diesel feature. Most likely the 10th gen euro hatch will still come with a diesel option, it could be for that. Or as some people mentioned it could be some kind of dual action econ/sport switch exhaust to help keep EPA numbers up on paper.The triple exhaust could be a few things. The smaller pipe could be a wastegate dump pipe if its turbo and/or diesel, it could also be a variable exhaust of some sort, opening and closing the smaller pipe for sound or emissions, or it could simple be for esthetics.
It was already assumed the current cars life cycle would be short. 4 years, just like the US civic did. If not, we'd have another 2 years before the new CTR came along. But if they're doing mule testing for engine and exhaust components then it pretty much confirms they're doing a 4 year run for the Euro civic (which was just updated for this model year) and cutting it short by a year to get the new 10th gen hatch implemented.its definitely something sporty... they wouldn't run it around on low pros and what 17's/18's just for fun. They're getting relevant data from that setup... I wouldn't be surprised if that actually the 10th CTR... which would be interesting that they've started on it already... if it is the 10th CTR can we safely assume that they've shortened the current cars life cycle?
Oh yea... the 5th and 6th gens were practically identical. Different headlights and tails... a few other minor updates. I assume most of the carryover from the current gen might be dash materials, knobs, etc. But overall it'll be all new.While that is a short run, Honda is smart, they include a lot of interchangeable parts across models which makes an effort like that not much of a wasted effort. I know back in the 90's this was the case and it was very obvious.
True stuff. But in the world of ever changing tech and features i see cars almost going the route of computers and phones. A new version every year practically just to keep up with the latest and greatest. Kia and Hyundai already do small changes to their cars almost every year. It used to be a car could run for 3 years without any changes and keep strong sales... but it doesn't look like it'll be like that for much longer.VW is also making the run of each of their models shorter. Perhaps this is an industry trend. I think that if one does it the others would be pressured to because you never want your models to be the old guys in the segment.
agreed, but I think the changes will be more focused on interior tech then anything else. Theres going to be an arms race.True stuff. But in the world of ever changing tech and features i see cars almost going the route of computers and phones. A new version every year practically just to keep up with the latest and greatest. Kia and Hyundai already do small changes to their cars almost every year. It used to be a car could run for 3 years without any changes and keep strong sales... but it doesn't look like it'll be like that for much longer.
I agree interior features will be the main focus. It's alot easier to change interior fabrics, touch screens and other minor things from year to year as opposed to changing body panels and bumper designs.I think that the interior tech will be more of the focus though. I do wonder if, especially with electric vehicles, they will be able to make improvements all the time to fuel efficiency just through software updates.