Honda Civic Concept previews the variant's new design direction The Honda Civic Concept, based on the tenth-generation Civic, comes out of the woodwork at the New York Auto Show. With a sharper focus on spirited performance and class-leading versatility, the new Civic lineup will include Civic Sedan, Coupe and Si versions along with the return of the Civic hatchback, followed by the launch of a new Civic Type-R as the performance flagship of the Civic lineup. The new Civic also will be the first U.S. variant to apply new VTEC Turbo engines.

The Civic Concept provides a tantalizing glimpse forward to the thrilling design direction for the 10th-generation Civic lineup launching in the U.S. this fall. Featuring a longer wheelbase and lower, wider stance, the new Civic emphasizes its aggressive personality and the engaging experience it will provide behind the wheel. Proportionally it boasts a longer hood, a shorter front overhang, a more set-back greenhouse and a shorter rear deck, lending the Civic a more athletic and “in motion” appearance. Highlights also include pronounced fender arches, LED headlights flanked by the ‘Floating H’ Honda grille and deeply-sculpted lower air intakes.

Leveraging the Earth Dreams platform, a new powertrain has been incorporated for the Civic; a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine with direct injection, that’s paired to a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission or CVT.

Safety features and drivers’ assistance systems are aplenty for the new Civic line-up, comprising Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Honda LaneWatch, along with Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.

Honda is in the midst of a series of major product launches that began with the freshened CR-V and continues with the spring launch of the new 2016 Honda HR-V crossover and the summer launch of the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot SUV. This will be followed by the new Civic release beginning this fall.

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