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The Civic 3-Door that we previewed earlier is now official, thanks to Honda UK. Sharply styled, the Civic 3-Door Type S gets 140 horsepower underhood courtesy of either a 1.8L i-VTEC four or a 2.2L diesel. Both engines come with a six-speed manual as standard equipment. Buyers of the gasoline-engined car will be able to select the i-SHIFT automated manual gearbox as an option.

The interior features Honda's Dual Link dash, and alacantra seating, aluminum pedals, and a leather-wrapped wheel communicate the car's sporty nature. Interior carrying capacity is identical to that of the Civic 5-door when the fold-flat rear seats are down.

All Type S models get 17" wheels and Vehicle Stability Assist as well. The Type S GT adds a panoramic glass roof and a host of convenience options, including dual-zone A/C and cruise control.

In March 2007, the UK will see the Civic Type S joined by the 200HP Civic Type R.

The Civic Type S 3-door goes on sale in January 2007. It makes its global debut at July's British International Motor Show.

Dear Honda, America wants the Civic Type R. In white, please. Love, Autoblog.

Update: More photos (interior and exterior) added after the jump, courtesy of Autoblog Spanish.

(Press release, pics after the jump)

[Source: Honda UK]

Civic Type S:
Civic 3-door
Civic 3-door
Civic 3-doorCivic 3-door interior
Civic 3-Door interior

Civic Type R:
Civic Type R
Civic Type R


A new 3-door Honda Civic breaks cover at the British International Motor Show in July. The Type S shares the same platform and overall dimensions as the 5-door Civic, but it has a sportier look and feel, with re-tuned suspension to deliver sharper cornering. The car will go on sale in January 2007.

Type S is aimed at younger customers wanting style and performance in a 3-door package. It joins the 5-door and Type R Concept to complete the Civic line-up for Europe.

Exterior styling is bold, with sculpted side skirts flaring towards both the front and rear wheels and blended into the wheelarch surrounds. These then flow into the front and rear spoilers to complete the lower body structure, all of which is finished in a gun metal finish.

Elsewhere, Type S exaggerates the coupe-like profile with a unique rear side window, the lower edge of which kicks upwards to give a distinctive tapering shape.

To give the Type S sharper steering response, improved ride and excellent cornering stability, the suspension has been specially-tuned, with revised spring and damper settings and a 20mm wider rear track. This broader stance, coupled with the deep front air intake and standard 17-inch alloy wheels, gives the Type S a particularly muscular, planted look.

Under the bonnet of the 3-door Civic sits either a rev-happy 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, or Honda's highly-rated 2.2-litre diesel unit. Both engines produce a significant 140PS and can be combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The 1.8-litre i-VTEC is also available with Honda's automated-manual i-SHIFT transmission.

Inside, silver-stitched black alcantara seats and a leather trimmed steering wheel join aluminium pedals to set a very sporting tone.

The cabin itself is focused around Honda's unique Dual Link dashboard design – first featured on the 5-door Civic – which places key information in the upper part of the instrument panel. This means that important data can be viewed without compromising the driver's concentration on the road.

Although the coupe-like styling of the Type S might suggest compromised cabin space, the interior instead succeeds in providing a high degree of flexibility and passenger accommodation. The distance between the hip point of front and rear passengers (803mm) equates to that of higher segment cars.

The rear seats also incorporate Honda's familiar one-motion, dive-down feature that instantaneously creates a flat loading space. This helps create a massive 485 litres of loading space – the same as the Civic 5-door. A centrally-positioned fuel tank located beneath the front seats, rather than impinging on the luggage area, also plays a key role in achieving this packaging efficiency.

Two model grades will be offered. As well as 17-inch wheels and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard, Type S gets air conditioning, cool box, remote audio controls and curtain airbags. The Type S GT model adds a panoramic glass roof, dual zone air conditioning, cruise control, front foglights, retractable mirrors, and automatic wipers and headlamps.

The comprehensive passive safety features include double seatbelt pre-tensioners on both front seats as well as active headrests for protection against dangerous whiplash injury. Front and side SRS airbags for front seat passengers and full-length curtain airbags are standard on all models. The instrument display also features an innovative seatbelt reminder for both front and rear seat passengers.

Honda anticipates a Euro NCAP result of 5 stars for front and side impact safety, 3 stars for pedestrian safety and 4 stars for child protection safety, making it one of the safest cars in its class.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Why couldn't they offer the 6-speed manual transmission with the regular Civics we have in the states instead of just the Si?
      • 9 Years Ago
      wow, I would love to get this car!! Its an excellent option for the daily commute (depending of the final price). So much nicer than the coupe version currently available...

      BTW, this is coming from a person who just bought (and loves dearly) his big bad "American" muscle car (2006 GTO)...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Not bad, but where is the CRX?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sorry, but this looks like a throw forward to an imaginary future where something like that might look good and a throw-back to the horsepower of the 1990's.

      I see no reason why this should be brought over the the US alongside the roomier, more powerful, equally funky Civic Si. Heck, the base-model US-Spec Civics DX's have the 140 HP 1.8 litre.

      I could see HoMoCoUS bringing it over as a new Acura RSX 3-door and 5-door to sit underneath the Acura TSX (read: euro-accord) as a luxurious trim-topped euro-coupe.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yep, it's over for the American auto companies. When Honda can build something that looks like this and people still say they want it, all is lost.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Steve(#26), thanks for pointing that out. It has been corrected in the post. - Alex N.
      • 9 Years Ago
      BTW, that motor came straight from the Corvette. no, it was the other way around. the GTO came out before the C6, didn't it? so, the GTO is as fast, roomier than, and cheaper than the Corvette. whats the deal? its the everyday driver version of the Corvette. Styling's great..for a Pontiac. The Uplander's also getting choked at the end of the 2006 model year. the G6 is doing well, though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Uh, slight correction needed to the original article, the base model Type S has air-con, the Type S GT gets the dual zone a/c.

      Must admit I was looking at the 5 door Civic (Hatchback, thankfully we don't get the US versions over here in the UK yet) a couple of weeks ago and I was really impressed. It looks GREAT in the metal, even more so when you see it on the road with the front end in particular being instantly recognisable. But it was the interior that got me, everything felt... right somehow. The choice of materials on all the contact points, the comfort of the seats, that incredible dash, everything just added up to make a car that felt totally different from anything else on the market and more than a little bit special. The only reason I didn't decide to buy one? The Honda Jazz is a more sensible option on the wallet right now. But in two years I'm planning on moving on to a Civic and, looking at these pics, it might very well be the three door (if they either a) improve the handling or b) make it a bit cheaper than the 5 door).
      • 9 Years Ago
      Type R model is great. I can't say the same thing abou type S

      • 9 Years Ago
      KM, keep that bad boy GTO, because Pontiac won't be making it after the 2006 model year
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now I get it!...it's a Japanese MINI! I didn't consider the love of the oddball. The Mazda MX-3 was ahead of it's time.
      • 9 Years Ago
      is there a term for racist in car language? because thatb is what you are. what would you say if this car was made by Pontiac? Be honest. we all know that you guys would say that it was another piece of garbage. it what we always see. Next car!
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