Autocar readers spot the Honda Civic testing and being transported on UK roads; styling closely follows that of the Civic concept revealed at the Geneva motor show
Jimi Beckwith
9 August 2016

The 2017 Honda Civic has been spotted completely undisguised on a car transporter by an Autocar reader. 

Honda has now revealed the 2017 Civic in production guise. Click here to view it.

The transporter, which was carrying a number of Civics without any disguise, was spotted heading into Southampton by Autocar reader Nick Mortimer. This means the cars are likely to be heading for the US, given Southampton's role as a major UK export hub. 

The full styling of the car is visible, with the familiar angular design of the Geneva motor show concept and test mules that have been previously captured on camera. The twin central exhaust tips are gone on these particular cars, replaced by an exhaust tip on each rear corner.

Update: The tenth generation Honda Civic takes it bow at the 2016 Geneva Motor show

A rear spoiler remains incorporated into the rear windscreen - something of a Civic hallmark - and the wheels are finished in gloss black. Official sources at Honda wouldn't comment on the image. 

The 2017 Civic has also previously been spotted testing in Cumbria by two Autocar readers.

Autocar reader Adrian Jackson was able to describe the car in detail, paying particular attention to the non-LED tail-lights, which didn’t appear to extend into the tailgate like those of the Civic concept, high-quality leather interior and large central twin exhausts.

Jackson's description was confirmed by another Autocar reader, Stephen Biggs, who spotted the Civic and managed to catch it on camera.

The test mule spotted by Jackson was a five-door, left-hand-drive example with a driver and passenger aboard. It wore disguise with an extra roof antenna and had three rear headrests, suggesting a full five-seat layout.

It was spotted on the A684 and continued to the A172, heading east through Cumbria, before driving towards the North Yorkshire Moors.

Another reader, John Kennedy, subsequently spied a second test car on the streets of south-west London.

Previous spy pictures offer a closer look at the Civic's all-new space-efficient interior, with an updated instrument cluster and dashboard design seen here, along with a button for heated rear seats and a blind-spot protection camera.

New headlights can also been in these shots, and look similar to the LED headlights featured in the Honda Civic coupé concept at the New York motor show back in April which previewed the new Civic.

The next-generation Civic is based on a new global platform which will also yield a five-door hatch and new Type R, as well as the four-door saloon spotted here.

Although it has yet to be confirmed by Honda, a new Tourer version is also likely to join the range.

Currently in development in Japan, the US and UK, Honda UK boss Philip Crossman has already hinted that a hybrid version will be offered on the next-generation Civic. Speaking to Autocar at the New York motor show, he said: “We’ll come back with a class-leading hybrid powertrain in the next five years,” said Crossman, “and it’s likely to make as much impact as the VTEC valve system.”

Crossman admitted that Honda has fallen behind with hybrids, despite being the first manufacturer to launch one, with the Insight coupé.

Honda’s Swindon plant will build the five-door Civic for all markets around the world, including the US and Asia, where demand for the hatchback version is rising.

Our Verdict

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1 April 2015

Civics are getting uglier with each generation.

2 April 2015
CyberGene wrote:

Civics are getting uglier with each generation.

This is presumably the new version Civic Coupe sold in the US. It looks very similar to the current one. It's more aggressive but some of that will be down to wheels, colour, spoiler etc. that could easily vanish from the coupe and the fixed bits like the rear lights and grille work fairly well.

The UK civics have a different body so even if this car makes it into Honda UK showrooms, the normal civic hatchback & estate could look completely different once again.

1 May 2015
EndlessWaves wrote:
CyberGene wrote:

Civics are getting uglier with each generation.

This is presumably the new version Civic Coupe sold in the US. It looks very similar to the current one. It's more aggressive but some of that will be down to wheels, colour, spoiler etc. that could easily vanish from the coupe and the fixed bits like the rear lights and grille work fairly well.

The UK civics have a different body so even if this car makes it into Honda UK showrooms, the normal civic hatchback & estate could look completely different once again.

I once had an Accord coupe that was totally different from the UK Accord, it was based on the US Accord.

Other than being extremely thirsty (as it was based on a US car) it was a brilliant car that I regret ever selling.

1 April 2015

These

2 April 2015

Lol, so much for Honda's practical design language mentioned by one of their bosses in an earlier article. Looks like they are going to ruin US market Civics now also.

2 April 2015

Seems to be another "not joined up" bit of thinking from Honda... might be interesting to compare the marketing led giants BMW | Audi | Mercedes | Land Rover | Jaguar | Volvo with Honda Europe ... aspirational involves allowing a degree of self determination and expression in design and specification, over done perhaps by Mini | Fiat 500 but underdone by Honda who still largely insist on you having all of their cars with a black interior... alongside some fairly dull and limited paint choices... all this from a Japanese company that allegedly knows about delivering supply chain optimisation and manufacturing flexibility... no wonder the Jazz is still an older persons choice despite various attempts to appeal to younger buyers... wake up Honda, with the UK factory still working under capacity... you can do better and you should!!!

1 May 2015

The old farts on here won't like it because its modern and futuristic and doesn't look like a Golf from 1979. But some out there in the wider world will embrace the future. What do you think they will use as a prop in a scifi film.. one of these or a Jaguar XE compact exec clone?

15 June 2015
The Apprentice wrote:

The old farts on here won't like it because its modern and futuristic and doesn't look like a Golf from 1979.

Interesting comment that. It was old farts who bought the Civic when it was boring and the same old farts ensured the car wasn't out of the UK top ten best sellers. It's only when Honda went down their 'futuristic' route the car became, let's face it, a dud. The 'futuristic' Honda has never enjoyed anywhere near the sales it once did. I'm not even sure I've seen a 15 plate Civic yet.

1 May 2015

Dear Honda:

Can we have some coupes again?

Some of the boy racers are growing up and buying new cars, with no replacement for their old Civics they're resorting to buying German - Sciroccos and the like.

I remember when you could walk into a Honda dealer and buy a CRX, Civic coupe, Accord coupe, Prelude, Integra, Legend coupe and an NSX.

Now if you don't want a Civic hatch or a CRV SUV they aren't interested.

15 June 2015

Update your rubbish petrol engine range!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

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