• Dec 13, 2010
Civic Concept Sketch – Click above for high-res image

Here's our first official glimpse at the face of the next-generation Honda Civic. This sketch is intended to give the world an idea of what we can expect from the Civic show car Honda will display at the Detroit Auto Show in January. From the looks of things, the compact coupe will take the look of the current Civic and throw in some additional attitude. Along with some aggressively swept headlamps reminiscent of the European Civic Type R, the sketch also shows off a fascia with more menacing proportions. A large air inlet down low and slit fog lights help pull the car from the throws of anonymity.

Of course, it's always difficult to tell what will survive the transition between design sketch and reality. We don't expect to see those huge wheels nor the wildly flared hips make their way to production. Speaking of production, Honda has a long history of rolling out concepts that are nearly identical to the real deal, so keep your eyes on Detroit for what could be the first look at the next Civic.

[Source: Honda]
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Honda Civic Concept to Make World Debut at North American International Auto Show

12/13/2010 - TORRANCE, Calif.

The styling direction of the next-generation Honda Civic will debut at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in January, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The company released a sketch of the Civic Concept that conveys the sleek and aerodynamic profile of the show vehicle. The production version of the ninth-generation 2012 Civic based on the revealed concept will go on-sale in spring 2011. John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of sales, will introduce the concept vehicle at a press conference, which will also be broadcast live via webcast on www.hondanews.com/live2011naias.

For high-resolution photos and media information on Honda's current product offerings, please visit www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Its 1999
        • 4 Years Ago
        then I suggest we party! :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      My thoughts exactly.

      I was a "Honda only" guy back in the 80s-90's. Now, they are almost an after thought. They have, along with Toyota, been resting on their laurels for quite a while now. Now they are playing catch up.

      I had better be special, or they will be taking a back seat to the likes of Ford and Hyundai.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought they already released the CR-Z.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And Hyundai copied that "bar" inside the lower grill from the Nissan GTR, and Nissan copied that bar from. Audi, and Audi copied that from ....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this merely a reskinned version of the current car? I'm getting that vibe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ya know, and on a mostly-unrelated side note, isn't the current Corolla just a refresh of the Corolla before it? Hate how the Focus always gets crap for that but not the Corolla.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whatever it is it will look like the CR-Zzz I bet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Put the double wishbones back on the front suspension of the civics for one... Seems that it when Honda started having issues...
      • 4 Years Ago
      They're using the main grille from the elantra. Boo. Hexagon shape, center bar and all. Boo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        sportsbike, thank you for realizing it. Nobody sees what I'm talking about when I say the bar was ripped straight from the GTR. The GTR didn't rip it from any other car though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thats the first thing I noticed too, off the 2011 Elantra.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And Hyundai copied that "bar" inside the lower grill from the Nissan GTR, and Nissan copied that bar from...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm also betting that the referenced "spy pics" shot is the next Civic.
      Except for the show they will have bright metallic red paint and 20" wheels.
      Of course the coupe profile (and lack of rear doors) will help the car look better too.
      But frankly I'm not expecting to see the real car look ANYTHING like that concept sketch.
      I agree that the last few years of Honda designs have been awkward at best, with vehicles like the Crosstour being a candidate for the ugly-car of the year award.

      I've owned and enjoyed MANY civics over the years, but Honda's styling has been at a low point recently, and dropping cars like the S2000 for the CR-Z is not a good trend.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember the Autoblog post about a year ago regarding the new Civic being delayed. I believe they said something about wanting to make the car smaller among other things...This new civic better impress. PLEASE HONDA! Make a high performance variant actually rivals others in the compact segment!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The production model will be lame as usual, not that this looks great to begin with. Next.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's too bad these sketches don't tell us really anything about how the cars will actually look with all these exaggerated lines and proportions. I remember seeing a great looking low slung coupe sketched for the new Accord a few years back. Then the actual car came out looking significantly worse. I'll wait for the real car to judge, not a drawing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought Autoblog already did a feature on the spied 2012 Civic?

      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/10/10/spy-shots-2012-honda-civic-sedan-spied-almost-naked/
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