• May 21, 2009
According to an article in Mag-X (via Temple of VTEC), Honda is hard at work wrapping up the design for the next-gen Civic that's expected to debut in 2011 as a 2012 model. As is customary from Honda, the Japanese, European and North American markets are all expected to get their own unique versions of the popular Civic, with Americans getting their preferred sedan and coupe bodystyles and the other countries each receiving differing takes on the hatchback theme.

As you would expect, there will be a hybrid version of the 2012 Civic, and it's again slated to get a 1.5-liter gasoline-powered engine mated to Honda's Integrated Motor Assist technology. This powerplant will reportedly be shared with the upcoming CR-Z hybrid hatchback where it will be available with either an automatic CVT transmission or six-speed manual.

Hopefully, we'll see how accurate all of this is when the Tokyo Motor Show rolls into town this October, where a production prototype of the 2011 CR-Z is expected to be shown. Thanks for the tip, Jason!

[Source: Mag-X via Temple of VTEC]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish this was posted last night when I couldn't sleep... It makes me drowsy...

      Leave to Honda to make it so numb looking... Why don't they hire Bertone, IDEA, ItalDesign or Pinnifiarina???? They can help... Make them at least appealing to the educated person....
      • 5 Years Ago
      This design already exists in South Africa. I have a picture somewhere. I spent a few weeks there visiting my wife's relatives. Great bunch of cars there we will never see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 1.5L IMA will also be in the CRV Hyrbid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow it looks exactly like a kia forte!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh.
      It's not terrible but it's not good. It just is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And no hatchback is why I no longer buy civics. It's the Fit for me thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think they're that upset by that....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I owned 4 Honda Civics, 3 of which were hatchbacks. I haven't considered another one since Honda dropped them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sup first gen TSX tail lights... and yeah, front definitely looks like a VW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...CR-Z hybrid hatchback... will be available with... six-speed manual."

      !!!

      I've been waiting for a year now for some indication that the CR-Z will meet that minimum requirement for occupying my driveway. Keeping my fingers crossed...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rising beltline, high stubby deck lid, pizza wheels to fill in the egregiously high hood, this is an abomination.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does the US get a different version? The current Euro version Civic hatch looks so much better than the NA version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they dont use those wheels!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks pretty nice. More refined looking than the current version with hints of VW and Alfa as others have stated.

      If they brought a hatch over to the US, I'd consider it. Otherwise, I'll stick to the Mazda3 or VW Golf.

      Why do manufacturers think that the US doesn't buy hatchbacks? The old Civic hatch is still the most desired Honda ever built. The Mazda3 hatch is selling well. The Golf has reasonable sales. The Matrix does well. So do the Subie wagons. Plenty of demand as far as I can tell.
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