The Honda Civic is currently in its eight generation, but the company is already preparing the ninth one. After only four years of production, the current Civic will be replaced in 2011 and, apparently, this is the first image of the car. The new Civic will target models like Hyundai Elantra and the Suzuki Kizashi. Sales should begin in 2012.
However, if this is indeed the next Civic, there are no major changes in terms of its design. Previous reports said the next Civic would feature a CR-Z inspired exterior design with a little futuristic edge. It is rumored the biggest changes will be made under the hood with Honda focusing on reducing consumption and fuel economy. Expect to see a new generation of the low emission three-cylinder engine and a hybrid version featuring the same powertrain as the CR-Z: a 1.5-liter petrol engine assisted by an electric motor that delivers a total of 124 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque.