Honda unveils prototype of the next Civic four-door. A sporty Type R version is already planned.
Honda unveils a prototype of the next Civic in four-door configuration as a near-series prototype. Like the new Jazz, the sedan will be much more consensual in style than its predecessor to appeal to an ever-growing customer base, even if it means sacrificing some of its character.
The Nippon adopts more classic proportions with a more horizontal hood, like the lights, and a lowered beltline.
Paradoxically, this return to a certain classicism induces design elements that run counter to current trends, such as a larger side window area that improves on-board luminosity and visibility for the driver and passengers alike. In the same vein, the windshield pillars have been set back from the current model.
The interior design of the next Civic is also clearly evolving.
The dashboard is more streamlined, with a horizontal fascia integrating the air vents. The infotainment screen is no longer integrated but now protrudes from the top of the center console. It has a 9-inch diagonal. The dashboard becomes fully digital. Honda announces that active and passive safety equipment will be more numerous and more sophisticated.
The previously announced Civic Type R
The Civic eleventh of the name benefits from a new chassis with a stiffer structure, a body with Honda’s crash-optimized safety features and a wider rear track. The automaker promises a more dynamic driving experience, especially since the engines will be more powerful than they are currently, while being more fuel-efficient, according to Honda. In addition to this trunk-mounted model,
the next Civic will be available in a hatchback version, a dynamic Si variant (currently unavailable in Europe) as well as a Type R to succeed the current 320-hp model. It should be remembered that Honda’s European range is to be 100% electrified by 2022.
With the British Honda factory in Swindon scheduled to close in 2021, the future five-door Civic will be produced in the United States. Honda does not specify whether the car should also be assembled elsewhere. The Honda Civic 11 will be marketed in the United States at the end of spring 2021. Europe could wait a little longer.
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