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Via UK site Autoexpress

Tenth-generation Honda Civic is set to get a dramatic new look – and it’ll still be built in Britain

After years in the wilderness, Honda is enjoying a renaissance, with a new line-up aimed at winning back the hearts of prospective customers and diehard fans.

We’ve seen the first fruits with the new Civic Type R, NSX supercar, Jazz supermini and HR-V supermini-SUV. But to maintain the momentum, the brand’s already working hard on the next Civic and attempting to put right what the current model got wrong – and our exclusive images show how it could look.

The 10th-generation Civic will appear in 2017 with the aim of beating competition from the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf – a feat Honda hasn’t achieved for the past decade. It’ll be more efficient, more spacious and boast market-leading safety technology. Even better, it’ll still be built in Britain.

The company is pumping more than £200million into its factory in Swindon, Wilts, for Civic production. CR-V production is moving to Ontario in Canada so Swindon can focus on ensuring the Mk10 is the best it can be; it will become the hub for Civic production, building all models for Europe and a number of key markets globally.

Our images show how the car should look, ditching the current version’s divisive design for something far sleeker and more stylish. Honda dropped its biggest hint of how the next Civic was shaping up at April’s New York Motor Show. The Civic Concept was a two-door coupé, and while the car previewed was for markets like the US, it gave strong indications of how the Europe-bound Mk10 five-door will look.

It features an aggressively styled front end with sleek headlights and a prominent Honda badge. It’s likely to get a more coupé-like roofline with a stubby rear end and distinctive tail-lights.

Inside, the current car’s cluttered layout should make way for a more ordered dashboard, with a large central touchscreen replacing the confusing split-screen arrangement. But the distinctive dials will likely be carried over. It should also be roomier, particularly in the back.

Under the skin, it will be built on a new platform which will spawn saloon and coupé models – but the UK won’t get these. A swoopy Tourer estate is likely to arrive in 2018 and a hot Type R model with over 350bhp should follow soon after, too.

Our spies have captured the car out on development drives, and while the black model (pictured below) hints at the styling, it’s more of a test bed for the next Civic’s powertrain technology. It’s expected to use Honda’s new 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol, which recently debuted in the HR-V, plus a British-built 1.6-litre diesel. There’ll also be the choice of six-speed manual or CVT boxes.

A larger 2.0-litre turbo petrol could replace the current 1.8 and is set to form the basis of the next Type R. When the Civic goes on sale in 2017, it should start at close to the existing car’s sub-£16,000 price tag.

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I hope the actual hatchback ends up sportier than this. They seem to have rendered it as the "swoopy Tourer estate" mentioned in their article.
 

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Looks light years better than a Mazda 3, but at this point we have nothing to go by.
Never liked the frog like look of the Mazda either. This actually looks kinda cool and different. Not gonna happen but if this came with a glass roof that would look awesome.

Article mentions a sale date of 2017 though? Is England getting it later than we are?
 


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I wouldn't be upset if it ended up looking like this. I still think honda will use the split rear window design or a more traditional hatch backend like the golf or Fit. This is basically the coupe with the rear window bumped up in height. Again, wouldn't be upset about it, but since it's not coming out for another year its a toss up of what it'll look like from the front doors back.
 

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Never liked the frog like look of the Mazda either. This actually looks kinda cool and different. Not gonna happen but if this came with a glass roof that would look awesome.

Article mentions a sale date of 2017 though? Is England getting it later than we are?
We probably won't be getting the hatch soon either. The sedan supposedly launches "some time this fall", followed shortly by the coupe.
 

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I'm usually a coupe type of guy but thats tough looking hatchback and I kinda dig it!
 
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We probably won't be getting the hatch soon either. The sedan supposedly launches "some time this fall", followed shortly by the coupe.
How long usually does the coupe take to come out after the sedan?
 


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That could explain why none of the spy photos to date have shown a "traditional" looking hatchback shape?
 

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How long usually does the coupe take to come out after the sedan?
According to the latest issue of Car&Driver (New Cars for 2016), we can expect the coupe in winter, which is rather vague. Winter can be as early as December or as late as March.
 

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According to the latest issue of Car&Driver (New Cars for 2016), we can expect the coupe in winter, which is rather vague. Winter can be as early as December or as late as March.
Hopefully they narrow down the time frame as we get closer.
 

 
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