For the past five years, the Honda Civic has been the most sought-after passenger car in the North American market, apparently playing a much more traditional sound than in Europe, where it distinguished itself from many similar competitors as a Martian in the lower-middle class.
Coupe, sedan, hatchback and Type R versions will be available in the new Civic; so far, Honda has presented its formal ideas on the four-door version. While there are not many differences from the current release, the changes are already significant. The A-pillars slid backwards, the exterior mirrors moving down and back from the triangle of the window, onto the door leaf. Due to the longer nose section, the entire roof moved backwards, its fall was reduced, so perhaps the rear headroom increased. The stepped tail seems shorter because of this, but this is probably just an optical illusion, though, there are no exact size data yet. The hitherto wavy character line was ironed straight.
The orange is as follows, the blue is the current Civic:
The biggest difference is shown by the taillights, which jump back two decades into the past: the last time the Civic had a horizontal tail light at the turn of the millennium. The solution is elegant, conservative and tedious – it is questionable whether Europe will also get this template design. In North America, however, this Civic will be on the market as of late spring 2021.
In any case, the conservative look doesn’t mean boring driving: Honda is said to tune the chassis even more playful, enjoyable, engine power up, fuel consumption pushed down, and digital content enriched: for the first time, for example, the Civic gets a digital instrument cluster. An interesting contrast is that in parallel, the model goes back several generations here, which, however, is by no means a mistake: the simpler layout, the lack of complexity, reduces the risk of distraction. The touch screen will otherwise be 9 inches.
The chassis is otherwise stiffer and the driver support functions are more numerous, making the new Civic safer.
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