2012 Honda Civic Concept Preview

Highlights

  • All-new redesign
  • Sedan and coupe body styles
  • Gasoline, hybrid and natural gas powertrains
  • Eco Assist offered on many powertrain combinations
  • Natural Gas model is now 50-state certified
  • Hybrid is fitted with more powerful lithium-ion batteries
  • Standard vehicle stability control

Introduction

The Honda Civic is a compact car offered in hatchback, sedan and coupe body styles. Introduced more than four decades ago, the original Civic model was available with just a52-horsepower engine. (This was plenty sufficient as the vehicle was much smaller than today's model.)

The automaker has announced an all new, ninth-generation Honda Civic model for 2012. According to Honda, the new platform will provide, "a balance of 'just-right' packaging, fun-to-drive character and outstanding fuel economy, at a price that even first-time buyers can afford."


While the all-new sedan and coupe have only been shown in concept format the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda typically shows models in a form that is very close to being ready for production.

Overview

Completely restyled, the 2012 Honda Civic takes advantage of the automaker's familiar "one-motion"mono-form shape. Of the two new styles, the 2-door coupe is more aggressively styled, as expected for its slightly younger demographic.Sleek body and curves aren't completely new-many are recognized as family traits on the current Accord Coupe . The sedan is much less aggressive in its overall appearance, looking much like its predecessor with the exception of the new headlight and tail lamp design.


Under the hood of the new Civic, Honda will offer a range of power plants. These are expected to include1.8-liter gasoline-powered engines, including the performance-tunedCivic Si, available with a manual or automatic transmission. In addition, the automaker will bring back the Civic Hybrid. However, the previous-generation nickel-metal hydride storage batteries have been dropped in favor of lighter and more powerful lithium-ion batteries.The natural-gas-powered Civic GX, previously only sold in select states, has become a 50-state model. All new Civic models will continue to offer front-wheel drive as the standard powertrain.

Honda hasn't released much information on the standard feature sand options, but it has said that all 2012 Civic models will be equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard equipment.