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Pictures of the next-generation European designed Honda Civic have surfaced on the web. The current Civic Type-R, which differs to the Japanese made models will be replaced with an even wilder variant in 2010.

Honda will have a lot of competition on its hands by the time the new Civic is released. Not only is the new Astra due by then but the all-new Ford Focus as well.

Those of us with a good memory might be thinking the new Civic looks a little similar to the Honda OSM concept, and we’d be right. The front-on look is without a doubt inspired by the concept car.

Honda will have two different variants of the European Civic, a three-door hatchback ‘coupé’ for the young and a five-door, for the, uh… traditional Civic buyers.

The three-door variant will come with sporty alloys, sports bodykit, plus it will sit closer to the ground and hug its occupants with sports seats. Additionally the five-door will have a higher roofline and more practical features like a decent sized boot and a more comfortable ride.

Engines are still unconfirmed, however rumour has it the Civic will get a revised 1.5-litre hybrid engine that will manage at least 112kW and produce less than 120g/km of CO2 emissions.

The car we are interested in most, of course, is the next generation Type-R. This time it’s fair to assume that Honda might infact release a hybrid Type-R, put the current high-revving 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine and add an electric motor? Yes please.

More information on the new generation Civic as it comes.

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