New Euro-spec teaser joins pics of US-spec five-door Honda Civics; UK sales will commence in early 2017
Sam Sheehan
8 September 2016

The European-spec 2017 Honda Civic will make its world debut at the Paris motor show later this month, and the car maker has released a new teaser image (shown below) ahead of the reveal.

The image, shown as the third picture in our gallery, shows the rear light cluster of a European model. It suggests that Euro cars will look near enough identical to US-spec models.

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

The US models were revealed in full last month as early customer cars departed Southampton for the US. They're shown in the gallery above.

All five-door Civics will be built at Honda UK’s Swindon plant, which is the global production hub for the new model. It has received £200 million worth of investment to cater for the additional supply, with an anticipated 50% of future demand coming from Europe.

Swindon is also likely to produce a large number of the future Civic Tourer and Type R models, although the reveal of these versions is still some way off. 

A four-door saloon version of the Civic was launched in the US late last year, but that model won’t be offered in the UK.

US-spec five-door Civics will be sold exclusively with a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine offering as much as 180bhp in its most potent form. The UK engine line-up is expected to be more comprehensive, with a 1.0-litre, 1.4-litre and the 1.5 all potential petrol-powered candidates.

Honda UK boss Philip Crossman has also hinted that a hybrid version will be offered. Speaking to Autocar earlier this year, he said: “We’ll come back with a class-leading hybrid powertrain in the next five years, and it’s likely to make as much impact as the VTEC valve system.”

The range-topping Type R model is likely to be fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine like the current model, but power output will be ramped up beyond 306bhp.

US sales for the five-door model will start in September. Production for British models will start later this year, with order books opening in the first quarter of 2017.

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15 August 2016
Could there be anymore design elements going on with that front end, also, looks like they forgot to shut the bonnet properly in the first photo.

 

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15 August 2016
xxxx wrote:

Could there be anymore design elements going on with that front end, also, looks like they forgot to shut the bonnet properly in the first photo.

Agreed, and why do they need that body coloured fillet between the leading edge of the bonnet and the grille? Why couldn't the bonnet simply be longer? I guess it's probably something to do with pedestrian protection, but it just adds to the visual clutter up front.

15 August 2016
It looks massive. Are Honda going to produce a new model which fits between the Jazz and this Civic? Or is that the job of the HRV, seeing as we all want to buy SUVs?

15 August 2016
catnip wrote:

It looks massive. Are Honda going to produce a new model which fits between the Jazz and this Civic? Or is that the job of the HRV, seeing as we all want to buy SUVs?

CRV growing so they'll be a gap between it and HRV.
Seeing as HRV is Jazz based I'd expect Jazz to grow a little to fill gap to Civic. Will they build something smaller?

Glad to see the Civic finally breaking cover - need to see it in the flesh next to other C-segment cars to see how big it really is.

15 August 2016
catnip wrote:

It looks massive. Are Honda going to produce a new model which fits between the Jazz and this Civic? Or is that the job of the HRV, seeing as we all want to buy SUVs?

My guess is that with the Accord axed, they increased the size to appeal to those who maybe liked the Accord but through it was too big/expensive.

Strange to think that what used to be a supermini economy car is now straddling the C/D segment.

15 August 2016
It's as if they have different teams that don't talk to each other woking on the front, back and sides. Maybe it's a cultural thing as Japanese companies seem to love sharp edges (origami?) but this is a total disaster for the eyes.

15 August 2016
jmd67 wrote:

It's as if they have different teams that don't talk to each other woking on the front, back and sides. Maybe it's a cultural thing as Japanese companies seem to love sharp edges (origami?) but this is a total disaster for the eyes.

Just wait to you get to the infotainment system! My Honda must have one of the most complicated user un-friendly systems on the market. And it's not as if it's due to it's numerous features, in reality it's a pretty basic.

There are many design elements within Honda where it'd appear nobody talks to each other.

16 August 2016
jmd67 wrote:

It's as if they have different teams that don't talk to each other woking on the front, back and sides. Maybe it's a cultural thing as Japanese companies seem to love sharp edges (origami?) but this is a total disaster for the eyes.

Its a deliberate Honda design policy that the face, sides and back get individual treatment / expression. The face is supposed to be strong by mimiking an eagle with its wings spread. Their design department is very backwards and run by second rate thinkers so expect more.

15 August 2016
The detailing leaves a lot to be desired. Wooden spoon for me goes to the horrid C pillar treatment, where they have faked a third side window where none exists. Petty, perhaps, but this sort of thing is a deal breaker for me.

15 August 2016
scrap wrote:

The detailing leaves a lot to be desired. Wooden spoon for me goes to the horrid C pillar treatment, where they have faked a third side window where none exists. Petty, perhaps, but this sort of thing is a deal breaker for me.

Yes, it smacks of very poor design when they have to disguise the underlying shut lines in such a clumsy way. I never thought I would say this but, IMHO, the current and previous Civic models were way better resolved than this mess. All that said, I hope I'm in the minority in hating the new Civic as it could a valuable export earner for the UK and help secure employment at the Swindon plant.

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