A heavily camouflaged Honda was recently caught testing on the streets of Germany. From what we’re told, it’s the next-generation Civic preparing for its rumored 2012 launch.
The sedan in the photo above does indeed look like a Honda, but we’re not sure how large it is compared with the current model. Although heavily camouflaged, it seems to share the same steeply raked windshield and wide headlamps as the eighth generation. We’re pleased to see that Honda phased out the pointless tiny windows behind the A-pillar, raising the mirrors off the doors and in front of the C-pillar. Rear door handles have been moved up above the waistline, similar to the Acura ZDX, giving the rear door skins a streamlined appearance.
If Honda were to follow its strict five-year redesign cycle for its Civic, the ninth-generation model would be on schedule to roll out soon. However, with strong sales and a request by CEO Takanobu Ito for a complete redesign last fall, Honda’s compact family hauler won’t enter its next generation for at least another year. Initially, the next Civic was designed to be slightly larger than the current model, similar to past redesigns in which the car grew with every generation. Just as the final design for the next Civic was submitted, Ito called the project off, demanding the car be more compact and efficient.
Other than the minor updates, we’re not certain this is a complete redesign as Ito spoke of earlier. Does this heavily covered test car look smaller than the current Civic, or is it just a simple facelift?
– Steve Diehlman
Source: Motor Trend