Honda recently unveiled the next-generation Civic hatchback, in prototype form, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The redesigned hatchback did not escape industry watchers, as they seem to unanimously approve the new look of the next-generation hatchback.
Compared with the current model, the new hatchback will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer. In addition, the combination of the larger and wider wheels and tyres with the short overhangs on both ends as well as the sleekly designed cabin projects a more stable stance and a dynamic aura.
Viewed from the front, the large air intake gives a more aggressive look yet still projects a distinctly Honda face. The overall combination of the stylish bonnet, wheel arches, as well as the LED headlights and daytime running lights presents a sporty yet fun front for the new hatchback.
The new hatchback’s body is swept-back which accentuates its forward-leaning stance and hints at the car’s promise of dynamic driving. The sleek silhouette of the body continues uninterrupted from the front to the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights, creating a solid presence. The rear features the angular creases and vents, which demonstrates the car’s aggressive styling.
Project Leader for this 10th generation Civic Daisuke Tsutamori explains how the redesign came to being. The design team focused on creating a truly remarkable exterior that could challenge European compact style while at the same time, it retains its Civic core principles. In essence, it was a combination of distinct and sporty design with practicality and rewarding driving.
The hatchback was designed and developed for the European market and would be available by 2017. However, a five-door hatchback variant will be produced by Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) for the United States and other global markets.