Rear of the year? Here’s one that has to be in the running, belonging to next year’s Honda Civic. The back view of the prototype is so far all we have to go on – the rest of the car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on 1 March.
And if it’s all as sportily sharp looking as its rear, then this important, made-in-Britain new car will bring a welcome flourish to the hatchback market… including the hot hatch market.
Although it’s only just gone on sale, after a five-year hiatus, the current and much lauded Civic Type R will be replaced by an equally hot version of the new model. That much was confirmed to GRR at the Type R’s launch in Slovakia last summer.
Incredibly, the new model will be the 10th generation of Civic since the first went on sale in 1972. The VW Golf came out two years later and is only in its seventh generation!
Already saloon and coupe versions of the new Civic are on sale in the US, and they hint at just how different the 2017 hatch promises to be, with new platform and changed suspension. Expect a new interior and dashboard too, one area where the current model shows its age despite its vast room.
And the design? Honda UK is billing the car for Geneva as a prototype, not a concept, saying that it ‘previews the exterior design of the all-new hatchback’. So what we see at Geneva is what we’ll get – on the outside at least.
The new Civic hatch will be built at Honda’s plant in Swindon for export to all world markets including the US. There will be a big range of course, with the first models due in the showrooms early in 2017 – but with the new Type R likely to be at the end of next year.
Plenty of time then to complete that shapely new rear-end… with a dirty big spoiler!