- Teaser shot shows how the new Honda Civic could look in 2017
- Prototype to be shown at the Geneva Motor Show
- New model will be built in Swindon and exported around the globe
This shadowy image previews how the new Honda Civic hatchback could shape up when it is launched to the UK market in 2017.
It doesn’t give much away about the tenth generation of the Japanese manufacturer’s Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra rival, but it shows off a much more powerful stance than the current car.
Hints of NSX design in the hatchback prototype
The bracket-shaped tail lights blending into the wide boot spoiler give the hatchback a lot of width low down in the car’s body, and the smaller rear window suggests a sloping, coupe-like roofline.
There’s a prominent Honda badge right in the middle of the tailgate and large vents underneath the lights too, suggesting the new Civic will take some of its design cues from the NSX supercar.
We like the twin central exhaust pipes (like those you get on a Jaguar F-Type) too, and it appears that the view-blocking spoiler we’ve seen across the rear windows of the last couple of generations has been canned.
New Civic to be built at Swindon global hub
Last year Honda’s Swindon factory was given £200 million worth of investment to become the global production hub for the five-door Civic. The 2017 car will also be exported to the US.
The prototype hatchback will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the Clarity Fuel Cell car, following its appearance at the Tokyo motor show in October last year.
We’ll also see the new NSX, which is powered by an all-new, mid-mounted V6 engine with twin turbochargers and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Finally there will be a customised Jazz “Keenlight” concept and CRF1000L Africa Twin off-roader.
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