Honda has confirmed that a new version of the Civic, the European version built in Swindon, will be shown at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
The current version of Honda’s Civic, their sub compact/C-segment hatchback, won critical acclaim when launched in 2006. Its futuristic styling instantly aged rivals like the Ford Focus, VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra.
Well, it’s time for a new one. Now in its Ninth Generation, the new car is based on the current one and comes with engines tweaks to the four cylinder 2.2-litre diesekl which, when coupled with a low-drag body design, mean the new 2012 Civic emits only 110 g/km* of CO2. That’s while producing 150PS and 350Nm of torque — more than the outgoing model.
This new lower CO2 figure signals a drop of 29g/km over the current car and will enable customers to benefit from free road tax for the first year (and only £20 per year from then on), as well as cheaper fuel bills. Meanwhile, company car drivers will be able to take advantage of BIK tax rates among the lowest for a small family car.
Petrol hybrids arerumoured, which we are taking a guess will share some bits and bobs with the Honda Impact and CR-Z, specifically the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA).
We can’t tell much about the styling of the new car under the heavy cladding, other that it is likely to be an evolution of the currect model. We can make out rear door handles in the C-pillar, as with the current car, but the addition of a rear wiper, which the current version shuns.
Honda is being nice to us in the build-up to the reveal of the new Civic by releasing a series of short form films detailing its development.
You can find a Honda created mircosite previewing the new model here.
Deliveries of the new Civic will start early 2012.