UPDATE, November 18, 2020: So close. The new 2021 Honda Civic sedan nearly made it all the way to its global unveiling – set to occur later today – but a set of revealing images have now surfaced online.
Posted to the Civic11Forum.com website – an enthusiast community for the latest-generation Civic – these images offer a first clear look at the new model's styling.
An additional image has also surfaced, offering a rendered look at the new model's simplified and somewhat retro dash design.
Click any of the images below to view our growing gallery of images.
Full details will come in the hours ahead, stay tuned for CarAdvice's story. • Mike Stevens
Above: that is a very Cadillac CT5 rear quarter window...
Above: the new Civic will boast a far more retro-styled interior design, following in the footsteps of the overseas Honda E electric hatch.
November 13: The next-generation 2021 Honda Civic sedan has been previewed today, ahead of its full unveiling – albeit in pre-production prototype form – on November 18.
The 15-second teaser released by the Japanese carmaker reveals elements of the 11th-generation Civic sedan's styling, including its L-shaped LED tail-lights, LED headlights, dual exhaust tips and unique C-pillar trim design, but leaves much of the car's exterior yet to be showcased.
While the teaser may not be all that revealing, patent filings from September unveiled the new Civic's design – in both sedan and yet-to-be-teased hatch forms – in full, showing it will trade the bold yet controversial styling of the outgoing 10th-generation model for a more reserved, conservative look that's likely to appeal to those divided by the current car.
Images of the interior have yet to be released, though it will likely draw inspiration from recent Honda models such as the new Accord, potentially borrowing its 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen and semi-digital instrument cluster.
The range of powertrains set to rest under the new Civic's bonnet remain equally unclear. For reference, Australian-delivered, non-performance versions of the current Civic offer a choice of two petrol powertrains, depending on variant: a 104kW/174Nm 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder, and a 127kW/220Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder.
The high-performance Type R hatch is set to return for the Civic's 11th generation, and has been spied testing on European roads in recent months.
Above: 2022 Honda Civic sedan patent image
The 2022 Honda Civic sedan will make its full unveiling on November 18 (1:45pm AEDT), via a livestream event on popular streaming platform Twitch. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for the full reveal.