The photo Honda doesn't want anyone to see yet.
The next-generation Honda Civic sedan concept was revealed back in November in near-production form. Featuring far less edgy exterior styling, the 11th generation Civic (the coupe is dead) is expected to have its global debut next month at the Shanghai Auto Show. We expect the official teaser campaign to commence shortly but more leaked images continue to keep pouring in.
A member of the CivicXI Forum was recently in Beijing and happened to come across an example of the production version being prepped for possible transport. Just a single (somewhat blurry) image was taken but it's enough to clearly reveal the production car looks nearly identical to the concept.
The only exceptions we can see is a somewhat different front grille pattern and the lack of black trim flanking each side though the LED headlight light strip design appears to be identical. There are also body-color side mirrors instead of the concept's black units but it's very likely this will vary according to trim level. In general, if you already liked the concept, the production model will suit you just fine.
The upcoming hatchback's styling was previously previewed when our spy photographers snapped images of an advanced prototype a couple of months ago. Aside from the rear liftgate, both hatchback and sedan appear to be almost identical. Under the hood, both pure combustion and hybrid powertrains are expected.
Chances are, a more powerful version of the current 1.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque will serve as the base offering.
Images of the interior, leaked or spied, have yet to appear but Honda did release a nicely detailed sketch in November of what to expect. It's definitely a more simplified and elegant-looking dashboard layout with a large touchscreen located directly above the air vents and HVAC controls. Also notice the conventional volume knob on the screen's left side. A wide center console accommodates the gear shifter, a pair of cup holders, and plenty of storage space. The 2021 Shanghai Auto Show kicks off on April 19.