Here it is—the all-new, 11th-generation Honda Civic. Well, the prototype at least. The car is a pretty big deal, so in case you’re wondering how you may have missed its launch, it’s because the Japanese carmaker unveiled it today on Twitch.
First impressions? This compact sedan is definitely a looker. A few days ago, we said we were hoping Honda wouldn’t stray too far from the current gen’s sporty tone if it decided to go a little more premium, and thankfully, this is the case. The new car’s face is less aggressive than its predecessor’s, but the vehicle still has a very energetic vibe to it.
Up front, you’ll find a familiar sight—a bold grille featuring a glossy black crossbar flanked by sleek, swept-back headlights. The latter are less angry-looking now, and nicely build on the sedan’s cleaner overall look.
The hood is noticeably longer as well, and the sides flaunt strong character lines that complement the car’s elegant roofline, while the rear has ditched the cool-looking C-shaped taillights in favor of a more conventional look.
As for the interior, Honda has only revealed a render. No actual images yet. What we see, however, is a modern cabin with A/C vents neatly concealed within the dashboard’s trim. There’s a fancy three-spoke steering wheel, a nine-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system, and a premium-looking climate control setup with physical buttons and dials. It also comes with upgraded Honda Sensing safety tech. Nice.
According to Honda, the changes to both the exterior and the interior have been made with driver experience in mind, to provide owners with a better view of the road. No specs or performance details have been made known, but the company says the all-new Civic has a more rigid structure that “will contribute to further advances in Civic's driving refinement, ride quality and sporty handling,” as well as a more powerful engine and more advanced tech features.
The real thing will hit showrooms in 2021. So, are you liking what you’ve seen of the next-gen Honda Civic so far, or do you prefer the previous one’s more aggressive design? Let us know in the comments.