Honda has released a smattering of images that give us lots more to chew on when it comes to the brand-spankin'-new European edition of the 2012 Civic.

It's been said before, and we're going to say it again: The European-market Civic hatchback is much funkier and – to our eyes, at least – more attractive than its North American equivalent. Some things never change. According to Honda, design inspiration for the latest Euro Civic came from "a 'blended wing body' airplane in which the fuselage and wings blend into a single body for superior aerodynamic performance." Alrighty then.

In any case, the new body blends sharp new headlamps and more assertive fender flares with a unique Y-shaped blacked-out front fascia, but it shares design elements with the successful last-generation five-door, including a split-glass hatch area and rear door handles hidden in the C-pillar.

There aren't any details just yet on what's underneath that form-fitting sheetmetal, but we're sure the typical small-displacement gasoline and diesel powerplants will be on offer along with various automatic and manual gearboxes. The automaker is claiming reduced carbon emissions (a given these days), improved ride and handling and class-leading interior space.

We'll be getting an official debut from the floor of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but in the meantime, we suggest you browse through our high-res gallery of images and check out the brief press release after the break.
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Honda has released the first exclusive photos of the new Civic. The images show the new clean, dynamic and flowing exterior design and high quality interior.

The designers of the new Civic wanted to keep the sporty and advanced elements of the car's character but tailor them to communicate the new model's more dynamic feel. Sources of inspiration included a 'blended wing body' aeroplane in which the fuselage and wings blend into a single body for superior aerodynamic performance.

Nearly all of the body components on the new Civic have been redesigned with particular focus on ride and handling, reduced CO2 emissions, design and interior quality, while retaining the class-leading cabin, boot space and practicality.

Designed and developed specifically for the European market, the new Civic will be offered as a five-door hatchback and will reach UK showrooms in early 2012.
The new Honda Civic will be launched tomorrow at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).


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      PossibleHero
      • 3 Years Ago
      For F sakes honda why did we NOT get this here in North America!!!! Its way better the the one we currently have.. BRUUUUUUTAAAL!
        founerra
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PossibleHero
        Two words, BAD , SALES! No one is really going to buy the Hatchback expect for enthusiasts like you.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @founerra
          @ founerra Tell that to the hoardes of people buying the new Focus hatchback, as well as all of the Mazda3's that Mazda has moved.
          Edward Ellsworth
          • 3 Years Ago
          @founerra
          Yes, but it's not just the body style and number of doors, it's the spirit and flavor: the European model looks at least DESIGNED, trying to be modern and contemporary, whereas the US version just shoots for bland and vanilla. I still like the old Euro Civic better, though. Though the Euro Civic is better looking than the US model, it's still analogous: the new model looks like a watered-down, less attractive version of the old one. And that tired axiom about hatchbacks not selling in the US is becoming increasingly untrue. The Mazda 3, for example, seems to sell a lot of 5-door versions, and this Euro Civic looks not unlike it with those pronounced wheel arches. I think it depends on what market you're in: I see quite a lot of hatchbacks on the East and West Coasts, but very few when I visit my native Texas.
      blatinotop4u
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the interior!!! I don't know why there are two different interiors from Euro and America
      ICantDrive88
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe Autoblog missed that this maybe the next Acura!
        Devonblue4u
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ICantDrive88
        Seriously doubtful. We get the Acura CSX series in Canada, a Civic variants based on the eighth and ninth generations. And the Acura EL series based on sixth and seventh gen Civics. Neither one of the 4 variants were 2 doors. And none were the Euro model. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acura_CSX
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      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know from civics, but I like that retro 70's avocado metallic color.
      Zacarious
      • 3 Years Ago
      The back reminds me of the CRX of yore. I think they need to lob off two doors and ship it over with a nice sporty (NON-HYBRID) engine and market it as such. I would be very much interested.
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      scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I'm sensing a theme here. Each new model Honda introduces lately seems to be a caricature of the previous model...this looks cartoonish. That is one dowdy front end. I'm sure performance-wise it's fun to drive, but it would be hard for me to overlook this design. I do feel some relief though, at least we know that the designs of Honda North America weren't a sick joke on us....I see it's happening globally too.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will the left-hand-drive version be equally ugly?
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