Honda Civic prototype unveiled, Type R confirmed for Australia… sort of
The all-new Honda Civic prototype has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, with the Civic Type R confirmed for sale in Australia… soon.
THE NEW HONDA CIVIC will launch in Europe next year (April 2017) and is expected to arrive in Australia around June that year. Following the reveal of the prototype Civic, Honda Australia confirmed the Civic Hatch and Type R would go on-sale here too, although it couldn’t confirm specific timings.
Honda has been hinting the Civic Type R would arrive in Australia for some time now, and now they’ve finally confirmed it’s coming, they just can’t say when. We’ve asked before about the reason for the delay, but we’ve asked again and if we hear back we’ll update this article.
“This tenth-generation Civic Hatch is the sportiest remake of the Civic ever,” said Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins.
“This is an exciting new chapter for a much loved Honda nameplate. We have a three-phase launch plan in Australia that will put Civic back on the shopping list of small car buyers. The all-new sedan will arrive mid this year and then Hatch will follow, and then Type R. We aren’t able to confirm exact timing for the Hatch or Type R as yet, but these variants will play an important role in the success of this model” said Collins.
Daisuke Tsutamori, Project Leader for the 10th generation Civic provided an insight into how the distinctive design was conceived and realised: “We knew that we needed to create a striking and stand-out exterior design that challenged conventional European compact styling while staying true to the original Civic’s core values; a marriage of distinctive and sporty design, rewarding driving dynamics and versatile practicality.”
Looking at the prototype, the new Civic will be wider, lower and longer than the current Civic. Here’s how Honda describes it: “New larger and wider wheels and tyres give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior”. Do you agree?