Honda Civic prototype hints at next generation's design

  • 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.

Honda NSX

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.

Honda Swindon

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.

Civic design through the ages

Launched in 1972, there have been a number of different Civic bodystyles on offer, including the Civic Tourer, Saloon, IMA SaloonHybrid Saloon and a number of off-shoots such as the CR-X and hybrid Honda Insight.

The current Civic Hatchback came out in 2012 with a facelift in 2014, and it’s the latest in a string of futuristic looking models kicked off by the eight generation car in 2006.

However, the familar shape has been evolving since the 1980s. Take a look back at where the swish-looking Civic hybrid has evolved from.


Civic 1987-91

Civic 1987-19

Civic 1991-95

Civic 1991-95

Civic 1995-01

Civic 1995-00

Civic 2000-05

Civic 2000-05

Civic 2006-2011

Civic 2006-2011

Civic 2012-

Civic 2012-

Civic 2015 (facelift – current car)

Civic 2015 (facelift)