The Civic is one of the better selling cars on the market thanks to its low price, good interior quality and great fuel efficient engines, which are also quite good in terms of power delivery. However, the car which is currently on the market feels a bit old when compared to some of the other cars in its class. Considering Honda has been using the same platform for more than 8 years, it isn’t exactly the most fun-to-drive car out there. Well, for the first time in almost a decade Honda is going to refresh this hatchback starting from the core, so they are going to move the car to a new modular platform which will likely allow the Japanese automaker not only to make a cheaper car but also to make it better. All these changes can be previewed with the new 2015 Honda Civic Concept.
2015 Honda Civic Concept Changes
On top of that, they are going to release for it new engines as well as new model trims, all of which are meant to make the Civic one of the leading cars in its class for the first time in a few years. There are a few signals which may mean that make the 2015 Honda Civic Concept a really interesting car. Unlike with what they did on the previous concept cars on which Honda released pretty much everything about them ahead of the official launch, this Concept has been kept under wraps so even though the car has been released, they didn’t tell us anything about the engines, transmissions, or even the price of the car. This could mean that they plan a complete change of the car which could also mean that the Civic might finally go back to the sporty behavior which was its main selling point more than 10 years ago. It will most likely go on sale this fall.
Possible Engine Choices, Price
While the engines haven’t been officially confirmed just yet for the 2015 Honda Civic Concept, the next generation model will very likely get a new naturally aspirated 2L VTEC unit with four cylinders as the base engine. This will make somewhere around 180 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, that should be enough for a base model which has a starting price of $18,640. Unlike the previous car, the mid-range model will likely get a 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 delivering up to 200 horses and 200 lb-ft of twist. It will very likely offer better fuel economy as well. CVT and 6-speed manual will also be offered.
There is no word yet on a hybrid model but there is information about the Type R version (photo below). It seems that the 2015 Honda Civic Concept could be one of the final designs of the sport version of the car, version which could employ a 2.0L turbocharged engine good for more than 300 horsepower, which together with a finely tuned chassis could put this hatchback at the top of its class.
Exterior and Interior Design
The design is probably the most striking thing of the new Civic Concept, because it clearly looks like a Civic, but it hasn’t almost nothing in common with the current generation. This can only make us happy because it means that the Japanese manufacturer finally realized that the current generation wasn’t exactly the best looking car out there. The concept features a full blown front grille, very distinctive headlights, as well as a really nice splitter which may not be available on the base model. However, the back of the 2015 Honda Civic Concept uses the same taillight arrangement as the current model, but thanks to the fact that it is a coupe, it also has a small spoiler and a completely different rear bumper with a center mounted exhaust, which does make the car look a lot more balanced. Unfortunately Honda didn’t say anything about its interior nor release any photos of it, so we still have to wait a bit more until it will be shown to us.
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