Tenth-generation Honda Civic is set to get a dramatic new look-and it`ll still be built in Britain
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.
The company is pumping more than Pounds Sterling 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 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 coupe-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 coupe 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.
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.