New Honda Civic Concept Previews "Epic" 2016 Production Model


Big claims are being made at the New York auto show about the new Honda Civic, previewed by the design study you see here. It’s going to be the most dynamic Civic the US has ever seen, as well as the most technologically advanced; it will ride on an all-new platform and feature turbocharging too.

The Civic Concept is as close to the production model as any of Honda’s recent efforts (the Civic Type-R, for instance), which means it will pretty much look like this but will be toned down; these rear lights probably won’t make it into production either.

We’re promised a fun car, which will be a little larger in size than its predecessor, and it was generally announced as a spiritual return to older and more fun Honda models than what we’ve been getting in recent years.

We’ll let you know more once the official information hits the web; until then check out the photos from the reveal event posted after the virtual jump!

Update: With press release information

Honda doesn’t go overboard with technical facts about the Civic, although their accompanying press release is more accurate than trying to remember what John Mendel said during the live reveal.

What the executive vice president of the American arm of Honda actually said was "the new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we've ever made. In every way, this will be an epic Civic."

His words are added to by Guy Melville-Brown, Chief Exterior designer of the Civic concept, who called the concept "charismatic, connected and athletic,” and explains their “goal was to create a design that is emotional and sporty yet with a sense of timelessness and simplicity.”

He concludes they “set out to create a vehicle that goes beyond the superficial and embraces the very philosophy of what a true Civic should be; it's a real game changer.”

It’s the 10th generation model, and this particular one was penned and engineered in the US. Design work was carried out by Honda’s Los Angeles design studio and actual development took place at their development center in Raymond, Ohio.

The production model previewed by this concept will feature a new compact platform and it will be offered with a short-shifting manual six-speed gearbox, or a CVT.

It will be packed full of the latest connected apps, gadgets and safety features. The debut is set for the fall of 2015.

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