A new Civic is coming. And it looks awesome!

The Honda Civic has a long history of being one of the most sold compact cars in the world. Now, there is a new one on the way. The car has already been unofficially previewed through a number of leaked patent images and a number of renderings based on them.

The next-generation Honda Civic has been spotted wearing camouflage while being tested on public roads in its sedan version. Moreover, we now know how the prototype looks. Here’s what we can expect from the next-generation Honda Civic.

Drivetrain and Performance

Honda has a habit of carrying over engines from previous generations, while at the same time improving them for greater efficiency. As of now, nothing we know about the new model is certain, but we can expect the base engine to be either a normally-aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four or a 1.5-liter turbo-four. We should be expecting a mild-hybrid version too, since both its main competitors – Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra already feature hybrid powertrains.

The next-generation Civic is expected to have a CVT gearbox, but a traditional automatic is not out of the question since some manufacturers started going back to torque converter units. If there is one thing we have learned from the previous generations, it is that the sedan versions of the Civic are more focused on comfort. That being the case, things don’t look well for the manual gearbox.

The previous generation had the option of a stick shift only in the hatchback, Si, or Type R versions. At the same time, the sedan was left with only one transmission option – a CVT. Although we can expect a manual gearbox on the future Type R, it is unknown if it will make an appearance down the chain.

Exterior

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We already know what the prototype of the new Civic looks like, and if there’s one thing we know from recent Honda models, it’s that the production version looks very similar to the pre-production prototype.

The 11th generation Civic will be offered in two styles – sedan and hatchback.

So far, nothing is mentioned about a coupe version. The sedan version of the Civic is the first one we see, so this might mean Honda is putting the emphasis on luxury a bit more than before.

Although we are not yet given the exact dimensions of the vehicle, the sedan is noticeably bigger than its predecessor. We can assume the hatchback will have a more fastback-styled rear end.

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In the front, we see a new headlight design flush with the grille. Together they almost look like a one-piece trim, even though that’s not the case. The LED lights feature a boomerang-style shape and the front bumper accommodates a large central opening, which finishes with a blacked-out front splitter, from which additional aero elements come out towards the outer edges of the front. The design is definitely aggressive and sporty, which means we might be looking at a higher trim level or maybe even the future Si version of the Civic. Although the initial design seems a bit restrained for a Type R, especially considering the last two generations, it is not out of the question that the Civic sedan also might get a Type R version, with a bit more restrained design.

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On the side, we see blacked-out 19-inch rims. The mirrors are mounted down on the actual door itself, instead of the trim piece at the edge of the window. The side also boasts a sportier-looking side skirts, finished in black trim, which might be seen on the future Si version. There is a line going across the upper half of the body, which spans the entire length of the car, giving it a more elegant look. The taillights are completely redesigned and feature the same boomerang-styled LED shape. We no longer see a bar that connects the taillights. A nice touch is a subtle ducktail, integrated into the trunk lid. The back end finishes with a well-pronounced diffuser, with dual exhausts on the sides.

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Overall, the new Civic boasts a more simplified and elegant design. It is not desperately over-styled from either angle, and there are no unnecessary kinks and design elements. It’s more grown-up, both in terms of dimensions and styling.

Interior

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Info on the interior of the next-generation Civic is scarce, as Honda has provided only a single photo so far, which is from their pre-production car. A noticeable difference is the infotainment screen. It is a nine-inch display and has now moved on top of the center console, instead of being integrated in it. Below we have a long horizontal trim piece which spans from the center console to the passenger side. This one-piece element accommodates the honeycomb-textured air-conditioning vents.

Below them we have three rotating knobs, which would most probably be the controls for the air-conditioning. Further down, things seem pretty ordinary. There is a storage space, which would most probably include a wireless charging spot and some USB ports, and of course, the gear selector, which is a conventional lever, accommodated by two cup holders.

Price

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It is too early to talk about the actual price of the next Honda Civic, but we can guess, based on the previous generation. The current model starts at $ 19,850 but can go to as much as $ 43,000 if you want a full-spec Type-R. Considering the steady rise in the value of new vehicles, due to the integration of more tech, as well as mandatory safety systems, we should be looking at a starting price of around $ 22,000.

Competition

Toyota Corolla

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The Corolla has long been the dominating best-seller in the segment. Starting at $ 19,850, the base version is on par with the current Civic. The Corolla also offers an FHEV version, featuring a 1.8-liter normally-aspirated Atkinson cycle engine, which combined with an electric motor sends 121 horsepower and 105 pound-feet (142 Nm) to the front wheels, through a CVT gearbox. This configuration is good for over 52 mpg (4.5L/100km) combined fuel economy. The Corolla’s biggest weapons are its efficiency, standard equipment, and price.

Read our full review on the Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

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The Elantra is another model that recently introduced a new generation. With a starting price of $ 19,300, it’s slightly less expensive than the Toyota and Honda, but not by much. Similar to Corolla, the Korean compact sedan does not offer a hybrid version. Its drivetrain consists of a 1.6-liter normally-aspirated, direct-injection unit and an electric motor, sending 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet (264 Nm) of torque to the front wheels, through a rapid-shifting six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Elantra shines with lots of torque, a quick-shifting automatic, and a combined fuel economy of over 50 mpg (4.7L/100km). It also has one of the most spacious interiors in the segment.

Read our full review on the Hyundai Elantra

Conclusion

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The Civic continues to carry on as one of the best-sellers of the segment. The new design is a nice blend of past and future, going for a more traditional “three-box design” for the sedan, while still retaining some of the funky design of recent models. The front end is now clearly defined from the rest of the car’s profile. Although there is still a lot of mystery surrounding the future Civic, it looks like we’ll get a more upscale and more grown-up Civic. The car is said to debut sometime in the first half of 2021.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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