By on May 1, 2015

Civic Concept

If a report from Britain’s AutoExpress is to be believed, the front clip of the next-generation Honda Civic hatchback – due to arrive in North America for the first time since 2000 (in non-Si form) – will look “near identical” to the Civic Coupe concept revealed in New York.

Head of Honda UK, Philip Crossman, told the UK outlet the next Civic hatchback will only differ from the coupe at the rear third of the car and all sheetmetal fore of that will be the same. In addition to a coupe, sedan, and hatchback, AutoExpress also posits a new Tourer model will likely be available, though we can’t see this version of the Civic coming to our shores.

The Civic will ride on a common architecture for both European and North American models. Under hood will be a brand new drivetrain with a hybrid version available later.

“We’ll come back with a class-leading hybrid powertrain in the next five years,” said Crossman, “and it’s likely to make as much impact as the VTEC valve system.”

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14 Comments on “Honda Civic Hatch “Near Identical” To NY Coupe Concept, Will Get Hybrid...”

  • avatar
    Athos Nobile

    I wonder how the the new “VTAK just kicked in y0” meme will look like.

    • 0 avatar

      Don’t be dissing VTEC now. I love the kick and I love the engine note. I muffle the exhaust properly though, never liked the buzz.

      Okay so if the rear will differ that means we aint getting a dreadful torsion bar.

      The front must have that HiperStrut thing. What’s Honda’s name for it again?

      And when that happens there will be a reason to buy a new one.

  • avatar

    I wonder why Honda has this dichotomy in design, the Accord being some straightforward and handsome, this Civic is so tortured and contrived. One thing I really enjoy about my plain jane 2012 is how simple and clean the styling is (boring to some).

    • 0 avatar

      Well, people keep complaining that Hondas look boring. Just like they did with Chrysler in the early 50’s…

    • 0 avatar

      “so tortured and contrived”
      Thanks for putting into words what my feelings are about a large percentage of contemporary vehicles’ styling.
      Sheet metal is fashion, and it fun to watch it change over the decades.
      My first reaction seeing the current Corvette was a sarcastic one. Couldn’t they have found a few more places to put a crease, fold, or some other superficial ornamental gimmick?

      • 0 avatar

        Honda’s overstyling streak (inside and out) is weirdly endearing to me—for all its disappointments, the interior of the CR-Z made me smile because I realized this was what I thought the insides of cars in the future would look like when I was a kid, with all the electronics, lighting, weird pods and shapes. On a more conscious level I’m not really fond of that sort of interior (it’s pretty cheesy), but I’m sure that initial reaction was probably what Honda’s designers were going for.

        I see a bit of that reaction with this Civic, too (and I’m in the demo Honda’s aiming for, too). And at least on the outside it has character, which is welcome for a car we’ll end up seeing pretty often—we’ll have to see whether it drives with some, too.

    • 0 avatar

      Accord is aimed at older buyers, civic towards younger ones, styling reflects their target markets. I’m glad that Honda hasn’t followed other automakers in applying the same styling across all their cars. That always seems to result in a good looking midsizer and awkard compacts/subcompacts. I’ve also suspected that different styling may also encourage buyers to step up a vehicle class. I recall that the Ford super duty outsells other HD trucks, and is also the most distinctive from the 1/2 ton.

    • 0 avatar

      Clean is almost always better than not. One reason the Tesla looks so good, despite that lousy sardonic look on its face, is that it’s clean.

      It takes a really good stylist to make busy look good.

    • 0 avatar

      “… the Accord being some straightforward and handsome, this Civic is so tortured and contrived …”

      Youth = tortured, contrived, and I’ll add self-absorbed.
      Maturity = straightforward, handsome, and I’ll add confident.

    • 0 avatar
      Minnesota Nice

      I absolutely agree. The Civic design definitely pales compared to the classy, well-proportioned look of the Accord. I can see they borrowed elements of it for the upcoming Civic – it looks a bit out of place to me. Mazda did a great job styling the new Mazda3 to look like a mini Mazda6 – and both designs are stunning. Even the Corolla (minus the backend) has more brand consistency with its larger brother.

      The 2006-2011 models were knockout. It’s taken several years since that model ended for the sedans to start looking a little dated (though that could also be due to the condition many I see in)- the coupe body still looks good to me…it has aged well.

      The same can’t be said of the 2012+ models. I owned a 2012 coupe Si and it wasn’t even a year before I traded it in for a 2013 Si sedan. The styling was excessively plain (to a fault) and the interior, for me, was a miserable place to be – decontenting and cheap, hard plastic everywhere. The road noise was also unbearable.

      The 2013 addressed much of that (and the styling of the 2013 Si sedan was vastly, vastly improved). The interior is quieter, materials are top-notch in this segment, and the handling/styling is much improved, particularly the front and back.

      The 2012 was sedate. And maybe that’s not a bad thing for some people, but it looked like a last gen Civic sedan and Corolla made some monstrous baby devoid of any personality. The improvements for 2013 were a welcome change.

      The 2012 wasn’t a bad car as a whole, but the design is already exceedingly tired in my opinion and it definitely wasn’t Honda’s best effort on execution. They really misjudged the market, even though it sold well. Still, I have no doubt they’ll be running for many years to come. I’m pretty happy with my 2013 Si sedan. Of course, just my opinion – I know a lot of people love their 2012s. It was definitely not the right car for me.

      However, I don’t see any Honda’s in my future – that mandatory touch screen on mid to upper trim levels with no volume knob is an absolute deal breaker for me.

  • avatar

    Ugh, sooo nasty. Clearly they are determined to max out the current Star Wars storm trooper/Predator helmet inspiration, like all the Asian manufacturers, save Mazda. Stop the madness.

  • avatar

    Personally I think it looks great and I am really digging the color. In a world of beiges and whites there needs to be more cars with loud shouty colors.

    • 0 avatar
      Minnesota Nice


      I am tired of black, grey, silver, and white cars permeating the market. Even the blue’s are often so dark you’d mistake them for black in some lighting conditions.

      While I’m not a fan of the lime green and magentas (or god forbid yellow) I’ve seen on some cars, I’d like to see more effort put into color palettes.

      Honda’s Kona Coffee looks great on some cars, and they’re blue’s are really stunning (though I still think Dyno Blue Pearl should’ve been reserved for Si’s – it looks weird on the LX/EX models). Still, I desperately miss the Fiji Blue Pearl paint job my 2006 Si had. That color was incredible.

  • avatar

    Cool old school 3 door hatchback or another me too 5 door? I wouldn’t mind the look so much if it was functional stuff, but half those grills are just for looks they don’t do anything (turbo? brakes?)

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