Honda reveals next-generation Civic concept

Honda has surprised the New York Motor Show thoday with the unveiling of a sharp new concept that showcases the design direction of the next-generation Civic. The new Ford Focus rival is set to go on sale in 2018, and will be exported to the USA from its Swindon-based plant.

Honda is remaining silent regarding what we can expect from the next Civic, but the concept hints at what is to come in the future. The concept shows the US-based sedan body style, but expect a hatch to look similar when it launches in the UK.

Honda claims that in production form the new Civic will feature “more focus on sporty, fun-to-drive dynamics”, which should put it up squarely against cars such as the Ford Focus and SEAT Leon. Details of the UK lineup are yet to be confirmed, but the US will get the five-door hatch alongside a saloon and coupe. The hot Type R model will also return and make its US debut in 2018.

Previous North-American Civic models were built in Indiana, but now the UK will become a hub for the new range around the world as part of a £200million investment in its Swindon manufacturing plant.

Production of the fifth-generation Honda Civic will be centralised at Swindon and the car will exported to key global markets thanks to the investment plan. It’ll bring Honda’s total investment in its Swindon plant to more than £2.2billion since 1985.