Since its introduction 50 years ago in Japan, Honda Civic grew into a familiar name for folks looking for a no-nonsense sedan. With the crossover wave raging around the world, the sheen of the Civic has lost its brilliance, but that did not stop Honda from churning out a new generation of the popular sedan. They unveiled the 2022 Honda Civic prototype, previewing what the next-generation Honda Civic is going to look like.
When we attended the Honda Meeting 2017 press conference in Japan, at the carmaker’s Tochigi R&D centre, we got an unexpected taste of some of the company’s latest products. The cars on hand to drive were the much-hyped Honda Civic Type-R, the new Honda Clarity range of hybrid/electric vehicles, and a Honda Civic Dynamic Study prototype. While our time with each of them was limited to a few minutes, if you ever get your hands on these on the same day, you’d have a completely different view of Honda as a carmaker than you would when walking into a local Honda showroom.
Honda exclusively invited us to an international press meeting in Japan where President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo discussed the future direction of Honda as part of their 2030 Vision plan.
Expanding the currently-popular Honda Civic family, the new Civic Si has been added to the line-up with an updated engine in the United States. The Si slots in between the standard Civic and the hot Civic Type-R. Honda claims the new model to be the “fastest, most powerful Si yet” even though its power output remains the same.
Honda has been busy trying new things lately, and while we may never see the fruits of their labour when it comes to the NSX or the Type-R, we are now getting a base version of the latest Honda Civic with a 1.6-litre engine. Spec it up for a few bucks though, and it’s hard to tell it apart from the 2.0-litre version.
Honda has launched a base variant of the 2017 Civic with an all-new 1.6L engine. To be offered in the GCC, Lebanon and Jordan, the 1.6-litre Honda Civic comes in two grades, namely DX and LX, and clearly aims to grab some market share from significantly-cheaper rivals. The 2016 Civic which was launched in April this year in 2.0-litre n/a and 1.5-litre turbo forms, leading to an 86% increase in yearly Civic sales at a time when every other compact sedan has seen crashing sales due to the economic slowdown.
The Honda Civic has been struggling to retain its relevance in recent years, what with strong competition from rivals that offer better overall value. Everyone would agree that the last truly-innovative Civic was the one that debuted in 2006, so a decade later, Honda has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to become the benchmark of the compact segment again, as can be seen by the daringly-designed exterior.
The prototype of the hot Civic hatchback is being showcased in the 2016 New York Auto Show following its preview at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The hatchback is the third body-style of the 10th-generation Honda Civic, after the sedan and the coupe. While nothing is confirmed for other markets, the fact that a hatchback model is finally being offered in the U.S. and Europe may mean that it could come to the GCC as well, as some sort of worldwide model. A Type-R version of this has already been spotted testing. We can always hope.
Close to a month has passed by since a teaser image from Honda gave us a sneak peek into what the new Civic hatchback will look like. And now at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Honda has unveiled the prototype of the same car. The hatchback is expected to join the sedan and coupe body styles from 2017.
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