CIVIC HATCHBACK PROTOTYPE MAKES ITS DEBUT
CIVIC HATCHBACK PROTOTYPE MAKES ITS GLOBAL DEBUT
The Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype will make its North American debut in New York on March 22, just ahead of the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
Prototype of the next-generation Civic hatchback makes its global premiere at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show
Assertive stance and distinctive new design establishes 10th generation as the sportiest Civic ever
Low, wide proportions and long wheelbase promise engaging driving dynamics while maximizing interior space
New Civic hatchback will be produced by Honda of the UK Manufacturing, and will be exported to global markets including the United States.
The next-generation Civic hatchback makes its global debut in prototype form at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. In addition, the prototype will make its North American debut in New York on March 22, just ahead of the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The design of the prototype heralds a significant step-change from previous versions of Honda’s core European model, focusing on provocative design and rewarding driving dynamics.
The all-new Civic hatchback will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current generation. New larger and wider wheels and tires give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.
At the front of the car, a short overhang with large air intakes presents a sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda’s family face. LED headlights and daytime running lights flow from beneath the boldly sculpted bonnet into accentuated wheel arches.
The sleek and swept-back body lines continue along the side of the car with a swage line that incorporates front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasizing the car’s dynamic forward-leaning stance. At the rear, the bumper incorporates angular creases and vents, designed to echo the aggressively styled nature of the rest of the car.
Daisuke Tsutamori, Project Leader for the 10th generation Civic, provided an insight into how the distinctive design was conceived and realized: “We knew that we needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European compact styling while staying true to the original Civic’s core values; a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”
Designed and developed for the European market, the 10th generation Civic is scheduled for a European launch early in 2017. The five-door hatchback variant will be produced by Honda of the UK Manufacturing, and will be exported to global markets including the United States.