2021 Honda Civic breaks cover in new patent photos

The next Honda Civic set to be bigger and more understated than the current model

  • First look at 11th-generation Civic
  • Longer and wider than current model
  • Focus on electrification

The upcoming Honda Civic replacement has been revealed in new patent photos, unearthed by the CivicXI forum. The new model is likely to be launched in 2021 and will be a big-booted rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus.

The new Civic is tasked with replacing both its predecessor and the bigger Honda Accord, so it’ll grow in size. These images show that it’ll also get a more restrained design, with less intricate headlights, a grille like the one on the latest Honda Jazz, and a more conventional tailgate style - albeit with a nice full-width light bar.

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Honda is planning to electrify almost its entire range by 2022, and the new Civic is going to get at least one hybrid option. Most likely is a modified version of the Jazz’s clever hybrid engine, which pairs a 1.5-litre petrol with two electric motors. The Jazz manages 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds and nearly 63mpg, and the Civic will need to post similar figures if buyers are going to switch from the current 1.6-litre diesel..

It’s not known whether a fully electric Civic is in the pipeline. An electric Civic would need a much bigger battery and motor than the Honda e, which only has a small battery and limited driving range. We expect that the only Civic not to get some sort of electrification will be the upcoming Honda Civic Type R.

The Civic will no longer be built in Swindon because the factory is set to close in 2021. A new four-door Civic saloon will be offered in other markets but it’s very unlikely to come to the UK because so few people bought it here; it’s been discontinued while the Honda Civic hatchback remains on sale.

See where the current Civic lands on our lists of the most economical family cars and best family cars.

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