Honda gave us an early look at its all-new, 10th-generation Civic with the debut of the Civic Concept (shown below) at the recent 2015 New York Auto Show. Although a coupe, the concept hinted at the styling expected for new versions of the Civic sedan and Civic Coupe and possibly a new Civic Liftback model. We now have spy shots of a prototype for the new Civic sedan, which we’re expecting to be launched later this year, as a 2016 model.
Leaked patent drawings already reveal the new look of the sedan’s exterior but these latest spy shots give us a first glimpse at the interior. It appears that the general layout of the cabin will remain the same as in the current model, albeit with the two-tier instrument cluster of the current model replaced by a more conventional single-cluster design. There are also more buttons on the center console and the infotainment display screen is now located below the central air vents instead of beside them.
Honda Civic Concept, 2015 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
This prototype is fitted with a continuously variable transmission but a regular six-speed manual will be offered, most likely as the standard option. As we’ve already reported, the standard powertrain in the new Civic range will be a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with VTEC variable valve timing. More potent variants like the familiar Si as well as a new Type R will receive a 2.0-liter VTEC turbo engine.
Looking once again at the spy shots, it’s clear the new Civic’s design is much sportier than that of the current model. This new sedan looks more like a four-door coupe, and from the rear the design is very close to what we saw on the striking Civic Concept. Up front, the lines resemble those on the latest Acura ILX, a car whose mechanicals are shared with this new Civic.