This is it – the 11th-generation Honda Civic, at least in prototype form, anyway. The vehicle has been unveiled via the game streaming website Twitch in between bouts of Fortnite, giving us a good idea of how the car will look like eventually when it’s launched, given Honda’s past “prototypes”.
The all-new Honda Civic has been given a complete overhaul in the looks department, significantly dialling back on the “boy racer” image for a more matured and upmarket aesthetic, giving it an almost “European” look in our opinion.
Up front, while it still retains the general Honda Solid Wing grille design, the “solid wing” part of it has been removed almost completely now, with the Honda emblem just barely touching the edge of the bonnet line. The LED headlights have also been reworked, with a more squared-off design that reaches further to the sides as compared to the upswept ones on the current Honda Civic.
Further down, the 11th-generation Honda Civic features a large lower grille with a trapezoidal mesh pattern, flanked by two C-shaped air intake structures on each end that are joined together via a horizontal piece that forms the front lip of the car.
The side profile continues to feature an almost coupe-like silhouette with its sloping roofline. The kink on the C-pillar that we first saw on the 10th-generation Honda Accord also made its way onto the Civic Prototype, tying the two models together in appearance.
The prototype also shows off a new five twin-spoke alloy wheel design, though they do look quite huge – even larger than the current 18-inch items on the Civic TC-P, so we’re unsure if the new wheels will make it into production. They do fit the overall aesthetic of the all-new Civic Prototype pretty well though, giving the C-segment sedan some extra sporty aggression.
Over at the rear, the taillights have also been completely redesigned. Gone are the C-shaped taillights so affectionately called “ketam” in our parts of the world, replaced by horizontal two-piece item, dressed with an L-shaped light signature that mimics the daytime-running lights in front. When the car was first teased, we said that the taillights look almost Audi-like, and now that we’re seeing it in full, we think the similarities are even more apparent!
The bootlid also receives an integrated ducktail spoiler kink, while further down, there are two oval tailpipes exits occupying the corners, surrounded by a gloss-black garnish that are joined together via a thin strip of trim – giving the bottom body-coloured piece an almost diffuser-like look. From what we can see though, it doesn’t actually look like there are functioning diffuser struts.
The interior of the all-new Honda Civic has also been given a complete overhaul. It’s still a sketch for now, but from what we can see, the overall dashboard architecture is now a lot more cleaner, highlighted by a full-length trim piece with integrated air vents that splits the dashboard into two halves.
The physical control knobs for the climate control that we loved on the all-new Honda Accord also makes its way into the Civic (bless you, Honda), while the infotainment display – with physical volume knob, mind you – now gets a floating panel design that sits atop the dashboard.
It’s still a prototype for now, so there are no indications of what powertrain we’ll find under the bonnet of the 10th-generation Honda Civic eventually. Honda says that the 11th-generation Civic will go on sale in the US in spring 2021 as a 2022 model year vehicle, so we shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out!