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10th-Generation Honda Civic Swipes Spotlight in New York

A turbocharged VTEC engine and the announcement of a North American Type-R will do that.

Honda dropped a bomb on the 2015 New York Auto Show when it revealed the precursor to the 10th-generation Civic. The new Civic looks to pull away from the boring family friendly design of the last generation in favor of a sportier and more aggressive look. The thing you’ll notice immediately is the longer hood, likely followed by the lowered stance, while the front fascia sports LED headlights that frame the “Flying H” grille. While Honda only brought the coupe to New York, four more models will be available: sedan, five-door hatchback, Si and Type-R.

That’s not an April Fool’s Day joke: Honda is finally bringing the Type-R stateside. The 10th-gen Civic will be the first Honda model in the US to offer the 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC engine. Those who go for the manual option get a six-speed short-shift, while those who elect to keep it automatic will be hooked up to a CVT. While the focus is on performance and fun, Honda promises that the new Civic will have “near-luxury levels of cabin quietness and ride refinement.” The sedan will be the first to hit dealer showrooms in the fall, followed by the coupe and hatchback. According to John Mendel, Honda's executive vice president in the US, the production Civic won't stray far from the concept's design.

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