The new Honda Civic will evolve the dramatic styling of its predecessor judging by this official image of the car.
Previewed ahead of its official debut at next month’s Frankfurt motor show, the new Civic gets rear LED light clusters that are sculpted in the shape of wings. They are joined together by a higher-set bar, which splits the rear windscreen.
Honda is promising a 'two generation' step in ride quality in the all-new UK and European designed and engineered Civic. Class leading interior space levels and improved ride comfort are also promised, along with a range of new, more powerful and fuel efficient engines.
Honda is promising much-improved dynamics and a higher-quality interior for the new, ninth-generation Civic, which has made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show and will go on sale in the UK on October 1.
Honda says the strong identity of the current European Civic led engineers and stylists to refine the current package instead of following the usual Civic template of radically altering the concept with each new generation.
Many of the changes have come about following consultation with customers. Their approval of the previous car’s futuristic design led to the basic look and proportions being retained, but with improved aerodynamics and rear and side visibility. The result, says Honda, is the most aerodynamic car in its class, with a claimed drag coefficient of 0.27.
Chief among the changes under the bonnet will be the adoption of a crucial new 1.6-litre diesel. However, this engine will not be available from launch but is tipped to follow later in 2012. The initial engine line-up consists of revised versions of today’s 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre petrol units and the 2.2 i-DTEC diesel from the Accord, each with improved performance, economy and CO2 emissions, which are as low as 110g/km in the 2.2 diesel.