Following the unveiling of the saloon version – which is unlikely to be sold in the UK – this is the first look at the hatchback body style. With an evolved design, the new Civic gets sleeker lines, as well as flatter new LED headlights and a fancy frameless front grille.
Now in its 11th generation, Honda’s new Civic will come as standard with the brand’s ‘e:HEV’ hybrid powertrains, with no conventional petrol and diesel models planned – the exception being the Type R hot hatch that will arrive at a later date.
Following a similar move to the Honda Jazz supermini and HR-V crossover – which are only available as a hybrid – the arrival of the new Civic fulfills Honda’s pledge to electrify its full mainstream line-up by the end of next year.
Honda hasn’t revealed any powertrain details of the new model, though has said that the hybrid setup will offer drivers a ‘perfect blend of fun-to-drive performance and efficiency.
This new Civic represents somewhat of a blow for UK car manufacturing, though, as unlike the current model, this latest version won’t be produced in Britain, with the brand’s Swindon factory set to close next month as the brand ceases UK car production.