All-new Honda Civic is due in 2017, but will be closely previewed by a show car at next month's Geneva show
10 February 2016

Honda will preview the exterior design of the next-generation Civic with a prototype at the Geneva motor show next month.

The Civic Hatchback Prototype, seen in this teaser sketch, will point to the styling of a new Civic due for launch early next year.

Update: The tenth generation Honda Civic makes its bow at the 2016 Geneva motor show

Clues to the design of the new car can be seen in the Civic saloon already on sale in the US. The prototype has the same tail-light design, although its central twin exhausts and revised roofline suggest the Geneva show car will have a sportier look. 

Honda will use the new car to turn around its fortunes in Europe. The new five-door hatchback will replace today’s model, which has not made the market breakthrough for which Honda had hoped. 

The new five-door Civic will be built at Honda’s Swindon plant, which has been running significantly below its capacity of 250,000 per year since 2009. Despite Swindon making just 119,000 Civics and CR-Vs last year, Honda confirmed earlier this year that it would make a fresh £200 million investment in the plant to allow for the production of the new Civic.

Swindon will be the sole global source for the Civic hatchback. Production of the CR-V, meanwhile, will shift to Canada.

There’s no news on whether Europe will again get an estate version of the Civic, but it seems relatively unlikely under Honda’s new policy of building global models.

Because the Mk10 European Civic is part of Honda’s global Civic programme, today’s highly distinctive layout - in which the fuel tank is mounted under the front seats, allowing for a deep rear luggage space - will be dropped.

The new platform for the global Civic has already been launched under the US-market 2016 Civic, and early reports suggest it will be competitive with rival European cars. Independent rear suspension mounted on a separate subframe will replace the simple torsion beam used by the current European Civic. Reports also say the platform is 25% stiffer than that of the previous-generation Civic.

Honda gave a big clue to the form of the 2017 Civic hatchback when it showed a coupé concept at the New York motor show last year.

The mainstream engine is expected to be the new 1.5-litre petrol turbo unit that has just appeared in the US Civic. The US launch models have been tuned for 173bhp, but this engine is expected to be sold in Europe in lower-powered versions as well.

The 2017 Civic will also get a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. This is good for 127bhp and 148lb ft and will, in effect, replace Honda’s normally aspirated 1.8-litre petrol engine. The 1.0 turbo engine should be rated at 99g/km CO2, according to Honda sources in Japan.

Honda’s current 1.6-litre diesel engine will also be fitted to the new Civic. 

Our Verdict

Honda Civic
The ninth generation of Honda’s venerable hatch has moved upmarket, although the styling is divisive

The Honda Civic is an impressive achievement and a worthy rival to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, but it isn't quite up to class-leading standards

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10 January 2016

Has anyone seen reviews of the 2016 US Honda Civic? Sensible styling with a futuristic tint, efficient 1.5 turbo with low CO2 emissions that will allow 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds, multilink independent rear suspension, smart, cleanly styled ergonomic interior. My god. My next car might be a Honda again. VAG group level engineering with Honda reliability is a no brainer!

10 February 2016

Let's just hope that the multi-link rear hasn't screwed the Magic Seats: that was (and still is) a great USP.....

BertoniBertone

10 January 2016

Love Honda's but hate the cost of servicing and waiting for spares for simple things. When they arrive - so does the overdraft!!

what's life without imagination

10 January 2016

in the right direction. Is Honda now listening to previous owners or is this move a coincidence. Hopeful the former as we can then expect this new path applied to other models. Engine range still looks more Hyundai than VW group, with choice on offer, but covers the main bases.

10 January 2016

Link to test is; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7_Cyj8RcuM

Website is called MotorWeek.

10 January 2016
maybery2009 wrote:

Link to test is; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7_Cyj8RcuM

Website is called MotorWeek.

They haven't come out, all guns blazing like this since the early 90's. I hope they bring it over largely unchanged. Will be into Honda in short order for a test drive if so.

10 January 2016

It is sad to see that Honda will replace NA engines with little turbos.

11 January 2016

and good to see you've finally woken up before your market share totally disappears in UK. As to your 1.8, well I'm sure there's plenty of museums that could find a use for it. Shame the 1.5 in the HR-v isn't Turbo'd as that would have been worth a look despite being overpriced.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

11 January 2016

I'm no fan of turbo engines but one can't be oblivious to the market forces. Downsizing has become all important in Europe to keep emissions low in the tests. Honda has a reputation for coming close to the claimed figures. Their small turbo engines may become the ones to go for.

31 January 2016

1) Will Civic Sedan be produce in Europe ?
2) Are the 1.0 and the 1.5 only engines for Europe ?

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