• May 28, 2010
Euro-spec Honda Civic spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Even though we won't be seeing the next-generation U.S.-spec Honda Civic until sometime in 2011, we must remember that the European model is a wholly different vehicle. Our spies have just captured these photos of a Euro Civic test mule, showing that Honda is making good progress with updating its best-selling compact in other markets.

Our spies indicate that the new front bumper is already in place under the camouflage on this jimmied-up Civic, giving it a larger stance, though the wheelbase looks about the same as the current car, meaning the overall size probably won't change too much. Out back, slightly wider rear fenders mimic the larger proportions up front. As for what's under the hood, we assume that the standard range of both gas and diesel engines four-cylinder engines will be offered in Europe, and the hybrid setup from the CR-Z hatch could possibly find a home in the redesigned Civic, as well.

No word has been given as to when the new Euro Civic will make its debut, but we're willing to bet that the Honda hatch will hit the streets before the delayed American model debuts. See the full set of spy shots for yourself in the gallery below.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh... it looks exactly like the current-gen Honda Civic to me... With the refreshed front end just like has been on sale in Europe for quite some time now. I can't see anything that gives it away as next-gen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      are those teathers on the wheels to keep them from being stollen?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, the front has the word "Bremsentest" pasted on it (in rearview mirror type), so I'm guessing this is a test mule for a new or variant braking system. That would also explain the odd sensors or tethers over the wheels....

        A better inquiry: Is Honda refusing to bring the hatch Civic over here for fear of diluting Fit sales?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sensors, I'm guessing..?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Before someone comments on how it looks, remember this is a test mule... not a camouflaged finished product
        • 4 Years Ago
        It doesn't really matter. No matter what Autoblog post, all the typical Honda haters will come out in force. This site really is comical most times.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, the site is at least good for a laugh when a Honda article pops up.

        Regardless, this thing will probably wind up looking like a door-stop / bar of soap, just like the appliance before...

        (Are people who use the term, "haters" even old enough to drive? )
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doesn't look horrible, so they've got that going for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find it comical that the "enthusiasts" on this site have no idea what a DEVELOPMENT MULE is.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Honda, wanna make some mony? Give us back the hatch option, and I don't mean top-of-the-line only Si version like that miserable EP3. Take a gander at how well EG/EK hatches sell for. Even excluding the demand from the JDM/racing/enthusiast community, I know plenty of non-car people who love their hatch and will never sell it, most of them older women oddly enough. The Fit is nice and all (aside from being waaaay over priced) but as a freeway commuter, I want something more stable like the Civic platform. So Civic + hatch + more trim levels than Si. Or you could sell a non-hybrid CR-Z at a sub-$18k, that'd work too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Euro Civic platform IS the Fit platform. And if you think the Fit is overpriced, then you wouldn't want to see what a Civic built in the UK would cost in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, the Euro Civic shares the American and Asian Civic platform. NOT the Fit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not that bad actually...........................much better than the Acuras
      • 4 Years Ago

      This comment is a bit late to the party and it is relatively the same as some of the comments already......

      But, do the designers understand that most people that buy hatch-backs want a practical, USABLE interior? They make a good design in the Fit, so why the Civic hatch that isn't as usable? I mean, doesn't that fact turn it into more of a design exercise/statement?

      Not to just blame Honda for that - most of the companies are showing similar designs without imagination - or better yet - character.
      • 4 Years Ago
      uhh......yup odd design? Honda for sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree w/ Majarvis. This looks like it is current body-work, just a test-mule for new drivetrain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Autoblog: Pretty sure that front-end is still the current Euro design. The entire car is just masked up because it's a test mule. I doubt very much that is the next-gen front-end.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They were that is a really cool looking car like nothing else on the road.
        And which it turned out to be. They are fantastic looking cars.
        Euro version is so much better than the US. And the euro saloon version is so much better than US too- the US one was tamed down so much
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? The current Euro only Civic hatchback is very cool; a welcome departure from the standard two box designs of the C class segment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeap

        and a very UGLY one at that

        just plain unsighlty

        what the f were they thinking
        fire that designer ASAP
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll be heading straight home after work, camp out in my backyard all weekend cooking BBQ and getting Drunk while trying to get a heart attack, lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sometimes I hate my internet connection, wrong area for this comment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No never mind that the diesel version of this car gets 20+ mpg better than the CR-Z will ever get and will probably be more fun to drive.to boot. sigh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      its about time we see spy shots of the American version
      • 4 Years Ago
      This has more potential as being something really excellent from honda than anything in a long time from them.

      Is there any hope that they have fired the 1980s boombox inspired (obsessed?) design group responsible for the dash in most recent hondas?
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