For the past couple of months, spy shots and patent drawings of the next-generation Honda Civic spread all over the web. The all-new Civic was supposed to premiere during the second half of the year, but there has been a change of plans. Perhaps tired of all the leaks, Honda has unveiled the redesigned sedans ahead of schedule.
At this point, the design isn't much of a surprise anymore. After all, Honda unveiled a thinly-veiled concept several months ago, and spy photos show that it looks much like the prototype. The lone photo of the car even has the same color as the concept from back in November. What Honda showed is the Touring variant, which is (somewhat) the equivalent of the RS we get here in Southeast Asia.
Honda will release more information on the car by April 28. However, we do have some info about it.
We have confirmed that the eleventh-generation Civic will arrive here before the year ends. That is according to the new Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) president, Masahiko Nakamura. What better confirmation than from the head of HCPI. Launch dates have yet to be announced, but it will likely be around the third or fourth quarter.
We also found some information on the powertrain choices, albeit for the North American-spec models. Leaked documents show that it will have two engine options. The base model will use a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated mill, while higher-spec versions get the more powerful 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. If the latter sounds familiar, that's because it's the same one found in the Civic RS. Of course, we would like to see more power out of that boosted powerplant.
Other possible options? The 1.0-liter turbo could be for the European market. As for the tried and tested 1.8-liter, it might soldier on as the base engine for Southeast Asia. Recent spy shots also confirm that this generation will also spawn a Type R version.
Given how impressed we were (and still are) with the present Civic, we have high expectations for the eleventh generation model. But what do you think of the look?