Since both cars are cabin-less mockups, Honda isn't quite ready to showcase its forthcoming interior designs. One rendering, briefly shown during the company's press conference, suggests the new car will continue to use a refined form of the sweeping, dual-binnacle instrument panel found in the current Civic.
Likewise, don't look for any drastic change beneath the new Civic's skin. Honda says its range of i-VTEC four-cylinder engines with intelligent variable valve timing and lift have grown even more efficient, but declines to detail just which refinements have cut fuel consumption, and by how much. Honda notes two Si models are planned, and we hope the automaker abides by tradition and installs a rev-happy four-banger in each.
Don't expect Honda to stray far from the Civic's current model lineup. Predictably, the Civic Hybrid will once again be part of the portfolio, although the new car will be the first production Honda vehicle to be fitted with lithium-ion batteries. The CNG-powered GX will remain another eco-conscious option, although Honda plans on offering the model in all 50 states -- presently, it's only sold in four.
The new Civic may not break much new ground, but that may allow Honda to keep one tradition -- strong sales, year after year -- alive. Look for further details on the new 2012 Civic to emerge shortly, as the production car is expected to launch by the end of the year.