2011 Detroit Auto Show

Detroit 2011: Honda Civic Coupe and Sedan Concepts

Honda has revealed a clear picture as to what we can expect to see in the ninth generation Honda Civic, set to arrive for the 2012 model year, with the Civic coupe and sedan concepts. For now, Honda is displaying both only in concept form, but in our opinion, what we're seeing is at least 98 percent of the production car. The concepts may look like more of a mid-life refresh of the current car, they are in fact completely redesigned.

The front fascia has more aggressive look than the current model, but overall, the grille and headlights are mainly carried-over. There are also new tail lamps and a re-sculpted trunk deck. The interior is also said to be improved in terms of material quality and design. According to Honda, "the 2012 Civic embraces the company's vision as a 'Civic for all people,' with the widest array of engine choices available in its class." Not only will the high-performance Si trims and the hybrid return, but the natural gas variant will now be offered in all 50 states. Previously, it was only available in a few parts of the country.

The hybrid will also now use lithium-ion batteries, instead of the older nickel-metal hydride. No word has been given when the production version will debut. Most likely, it'll go on sale sometime this summer.

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