• Jul 21, 2010
Euro-spec Honda Civic spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Well, look at what we have here. Back in May, our intrepid spy shooters managed to snap off a series of images showing the next-gen European Honda Civic hiding in plain sight under an amalgam of ill-fitting current-gen bodywork. The latest set of spy photos seen here prove that Honda's little compact hatchback is progressing along rather nicely.

Unlike previous spy photos, it's clear that the car being tested is wearing its new bodywork... though it's obviously obscured as much as possible with funky matte black panels with strategically placed cutouts for doors, lights and glass. In any case, we can see a clear hatchback body design, as you would expect for the European market, along with an overtly wedge-like profile.

We have no way of knowing what's powering this vehicle at the moment, but previous reports suggest our European friends will get a typical choice of gasoline and diesel four cylinder engines along with a possible hybrid. See for yourself in our high-res image gallery below.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Still looks like a door stop
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda! Impress us please (at least in terms of design)! You are long overdue for some awesomeness (once again at least in terms of design) after the recent failure such as CrossTour and CR-Z!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Asking them to fix the obvious wrongs is not going to work. Take your money and walk over to the Hyundai dealer down the streets. That will get it into those tools at the "Advanced" Design Studio.

        Seriously, increasing reliability, enthusiastic designs, and cheaper. Tell me how long before customers start buying Hyundai over Honda?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree and given the very impressive interior shots posted on here recently of the KDM Elantra model interior, Honda needs to step up their game.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know I never much cared for the Civic. I thought it was a tiny, wimpy little joyless econobox with barely enough power to get out of its own way.

      And then I drove my brother's '04 LX around for a few days. I still think it's wimpy, but pretty much every other thought I had about the car was dead wrong. It is many things--joyless is NOT one of them. That car was an absolute PLEASURE to toss around.

      But I'm not paying $12,000 for a 6 year old economy car, no matter how fun it is to drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Some Civics were actually nice. Others? really uninspiring.
        I liked the 92-95 the best, the 1.5 had good low end torque, the car was light, and the suspension was top notch.

        It's been downhill from there on. If you thought the '04 was nice, you'd probably like a '99. I think the 01-05 models actually slower...

        As Honda's resale values, what a joke! the 92-00 models were great, but not worth the purchase price used. Nissans and Toyotas are undervalued though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you compare this to the current Euro hatchback it is has almost identical lines, the rear door window is a bit bigger. This is a very minor change in body, so the only real change will likely be in the front end where it might get the horror show snout from the CR-Z.

      Given all Hondas past statements about concentrating on Hybrids instead of improving engine tech (ie No direct injection anytime soon), I suspect not much new under the hood either.

      I expect Honda to deliver a fine competitor to the Toyota Corolla. Which isn't saying much these days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mazda 3 is better than either Civic/Corolla IMO.

        The new Focus is looking really good. DI engine delivering fuel economy and performance.

        Hyundai new Elantra (Aventis) is a also looking good and likely arriving with DI engine.

        IMO Civic/Corolla are competing for 4th and 5th place unless they step up their game.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Todd

        I agree. They will keep moving huge numbers on inertia. But that is not a good thing.

        My assessment on being 4th or 5th is technology/expected results assessment, not who will sell the most.

        When companies start resting on their past accomplishments, I wish more people would recognize it and buy something else so they stay competitive.

        Rewarding complacency sucks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who else does the Civic really have to compete against? Every other car in its class (at least Stateside) is an also-ran. The compact market has been dominated for so long by Honda and Toyota there may as well not be anyone else playing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What people seem to forget is that Honda sells an absolute crapload of Civics and Accords. (Like Toyota with their Camry, Corolla pair) So really they don't have to push themselves all that hard design wise because they're on the top of the heap. (Although when Honda came out with the Civic in 2006 it was considered a pretty cutting edge design.)

        And it doesn't really matter all that much if all of these other cars are "better" because as long as Honda sells more Civics/Accords than these other cars they don't really care. Other car companies have to try to inject excitement/massive redesigns because they are trying to catch up to Honda in terms of sales. And by looking at the sales through June they still have a long way to go - now that probably won't continue forever because it isn't feasible (see GM market share 1950 - 2010) and when it does people will go crazy and talk about how Honda's have always sucked and anyone that drives a Honda is an idiot and hates America blah blah. (BTW - something like 84% of the vehicles Honda/Acura sold in America last year were made in America, by non-union American workers.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh oh, time to add my Mugen sticker on the side to add 30 hp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda needs to put the sporty feel back in the Civic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And people think the Cruze has styling issues . . .
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's like 10 inches thick of foam or whatever it is they put on these cars and you can tell it has styling problems? It basically looks like the outgoing hatch but with slight variations.
      • 4 Years Ago
      gee, honda No ideals so u copy the forte by kia..I like the kia forte door :) But I havent seen it all in whole..It does look better though then rest of honda lineup...Honda needs to really work on their design cues, if coping the kia forte gets honda back on the right path then I am all for it...I think honda can get back on its design legs , they got hope where other jap brands like toyota is dead water weight
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess you don't see the design cues in the doors either huh with
        the way the doors sloop up wards in a L pattern toward the mirrors like
        the forte doors do huh?

        If those doors on that civic do not look like the doors from the
        forte then I'll eat my hat. Only a Honda fan would not be able to see that is clearly a blunt copy of the doors from the forte!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know farmer about the doors. I think that may be to hide what is under there , unless it some new strange design of honda's and that would not surprise me with the rash of funky looking cars honda keep coming up with , how ever I do see the what you mean about the lights. I am no fan of honda myself either. I also don't think the forte looks any where like the civic. the forte is a better looking sedan from every angle .I will say Honda is not the only one who copy elements of other cars though! If honda can make the new civic look half as good as the forte then they will atleast have the civic as a decent car. honda's biggest problem is the new ford focus and Hyundai elantra, both of those cars look 100 times better then this civic. oh invisible I have read some of your posts,trust me brother, you have no room to talk about any one posting dumb posts!

        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL, claiming the Civic is a copy of the Forte.

        Damn, that's got to be one of the funniest, or stupidest post I've read in a long time.

        Which is it farmerboy?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Given the direction of Honda's designs lately, it wouldn't surprise me if the car in these pics WASN'T wearing camo...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am so sick of windshields getting bigger and more steeply raked. I mean, not everyone has arms like an NBA center. Cleaning the inside of the Civic's window is a pain in the ass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep in mind.. European version is a weird hatchback type thing. Sorta like a Civic CrossTour O_O

      I wonder what ours will be like. Please for the love of god, don't tell me they're recycling the r18a engine, slightly modified, in to the next model..
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not saying that it's worse, just that we won't end up with the weird European quasi-hatchback. So these Euro shots say nothin.... unless you're European.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Keep in mind.. European version is a weird hatchback type thing."

        Er ... it's a straightforward C-segment hatchback.
        • 4 Years Ago
        IMO it looks like the new Civic will miss any real engine advancement.

        Recent CEO speech included:
        "Honda will begin renewing its engine and transmission lineup starting in 2012 to further improve its fuel economy. "

        That looks like the Civic will miss this "renewing".

        Honda announced a new Advanced Vtec system in 2006:
        http://www.autoblog.com/2006/09/25/honda-reveals-the-advanced-vtec-engine/

        But nothing ever came of it, meanwhile they have been caught and even surpassed on variable valve systems (BMW Valvetronic, Fiat Multi-Air).

        They are nowhere on Direct Injection, it doesn't even use Atkinson in Hybrids...

        Honda really needs to get back in the game on good old gas engines.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Civic Crosstour? The Euro Civic looks way better IMO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Norma

        Apparently you've never seen the euro civic because it is some hideously weird hatch thing. Oh wait, it's in the euro market so it's obviously far superior design wise. If GM/Chrysler/Ford NA designed and released that thing as a US only model it would be considered the ugliest thing on the road. Having seen my share of euro cars I think it's fare to say a lot of them one up, or should I say one lower?, the Aztec design wise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It just looks better than what we get there in the States. EU 3dr Hatch looks even better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda is like the new Chrysler/old Ford..

        Let's take an engine and stretch it for 10 years even though it's waaaaayyyy behind..

        But it's the worst time to do it. I think this is really gonna hurt Honda.
        No idea why they haven't caught on to a lot of recent tech.
        My theory is that they fired their engine tech guys in early 2000's and never rehired.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like the Forte, haha. (yes, I know...)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only thing I have about the Euro Civic is the torsion beam rear suspension... for the love of car enthusiasts please keep the independent rear suspension like we have right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure HP will come, but what we actually want is a balance of torque, low weight, and good fuel economy.

        Ya know.... like a Honda from the 80's/90's ;)

        But seriously.. DOHC + Dual VVT + DI or GTFO, otherwise they'll be behind Hyundai / Ford. Lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not sure what you mean 'Civic CrossTour'.
        Not sure you're aware of what the current Euro Civic look like.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It seems like Honda wants to go the more fuel efficient way, but i am sure boots to HP will come.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel like they just redesigned the civic.. but now that I think about it it was way back in 2006.. weird.
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