Frankfurt 2011: Honda previews the New Civic

Frankfurt 2011: Honda previews the New Civic

The new Honda Civic will be launched tomorrow at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), but Honda has released the first exclusive photos of the new Civic this evening.

Designed and developed specifically for the European market, the new Civic will be offered as a five-door hatchback only and will be powered by a new 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine which emits only 110 g/km of CO2, and produces a powerful 148 bhp and 350 Nm of torque.

Designers of the 9th generation Civic wanted to retain the model’s sporty character, whilst tailoring it to express a more mature and elegant driving experience.

New Honda Civic Interior

Sources of inspiration for the Civic’s new design include what Honda describe as a ‘blended wing body’ aeroplane in which the fuselage and wings blend into a single body for superior aerodynamic performance, quietness and habitability.

Nearly all of the body components on the new Civic have been redesigned with particular focus on ride and handling, reduced CO2 emissions, design and interior quality, while retaining the class-leading cabin, boot space and practicality.

We’ll have more details tomorrow when the Frankfurt show opens, plus some further images. The New Civic will reach European showrooms in early 2012.