Honda Civic 11th Gen Prototype Coming Nov. 17
There are many car brands across the globe, from high end super expensive supercars to luxurious sedans. But there are a couple of them that always light up the global automotive scene and become the focus of the limelight. When you think about the best cars in the compact car segment that is also known as “C” segment, two cars come to mind; Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The rivalry between them is also well known. The 12th generation Corolla was revealed couple of years ago in global markets , although we don’t have any sign for it in Pakistan, while the 10th generation Civic was revealed in USA in late 2015 while we in Pakistan were able to buy one in the winters of 2016.
Although the newer trend of car buyers towards crossovers and SUV’s is well established , Civic is and was always been the flagship model for Honda due to its large global presence, especially here in the US where half of worldwide Civic sales happen. The 10th generation Civic set a new benchmark in its segment . Current Honda Civic X has a revolutionary design inside and out and it grabbed a lot of awards globally which includes North American car of the year award.
Honda Civic 11th Generation:
But now its almost time for the replacement. Few weeks ago, first Images from Trade Mark / Patent filing for Honda Civic Hatchback and Civic Sedan got leaked to public. A camouflaged Civic was also seen multiple times on the roads of Europe under testing. Today in continuation towards the launch of the next/ 11th generation, Honda North America released a dashing 15 second teaser video clip but with a footnote “Prototype shown. Production models may differ “. The Prototype reveal is slated for November 17th @ 8PM Eastern time USA.
Although the reveal is not for the actual production model, but it will give us an extensive idea for the the next generation of the Civic. Additionally, if we compare some angles of the car shown in the clip with the trade mark images we saw earlier as well as the camouflaged vehicle photographed on the road , I think we can render an image and look of the car virtually. The ” C ” shaped taillights are gone and replaced with new design slim LED lights and the rear end is influenced from the Honda Insight Sedan. As of overall outlook , it seems inspired from the current generation Accord like the more wider & straight frontal hood line and more pronounced side belt lines and especially ” C pillar ” and the notch at the corner of the glass. The side view mirrors are also now moved to the door panels instead of the conventional placement at the corner of door and A pillar junction as currently we have on the 10th generation Civic.
The “CIVIC” logo is now moved to the upper portion of the trunk and more precisely above left taillight. The 10th generation Civic has a Sportback looking sporty design with the slopped rear glass panel to the edge of the truck and it was a departure from from earlier Civics design language . The 11th generation has now again more of conventional looking 4 door sedan with typical sedan like trunk . On front we also see newer headlights and DRL’s. We are not sure how the new interior will look like and Honda didn’t shared anything about it in the teaser image but from patent image filing, it seems the interior will also get styling clues from the current 10th generation Honda Accord.
A new infotainment system is on cards while we can assume an improvement on the instrumental cluster. As of mechanicals, the current engine lineup is expected to continue with some refinement and improvements. The 11th generation Civic will be offered both in sedan and hatchback body styles depending upon market/ regions. Honda will not offer the 2 door coupe for the 11th generation ; a 2 door model was specific to North America and recently discontinued for the current 10th generation already and its comeback is not expected either.
Verdict on Honda Civic Prototype:
Lastly, if you are an avid Honda fan and especially a Civic fan , you will recall that most of Honda Prototypes are very close to production models and we saw it with the current Accord, the Civic X, hatchback as well before the launch of the production model. So, we can assume that the prototype we will see on 17th November would be almost a production ready model with minimal exclusion from the production version. The production model is expected to be reveled by April 2021 and initially in the United Sates and Canada with production in summer of 2021 while sales starting fall of 2021 . European and Asian market will see the model in flesh in the late 2021 or early 2022 . We here in Pakistan should not expect an 11th generation Civic before the middle of 2022 so, Civic X in Pakistan still have an expected 18 months of life left.
Stay Tuned to Pakwheels and we will bring you more information as soon as its available. Meanwhile join Pakwheels forum exclusive 11th generation Civic thread here > 11th Generation Civic Discussion Thread
Below are some still grabbed from the teaser clip of the “Prototype”
Below are the images from the trademark filing for the 11th generation Civic