10th Generation Honda Civic Spied Testing

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Honda’s 10th generation Civic could be closer than you think.

New spy photos of a prototype testing in the U.S. biggest that the company is already testing a replacement to the current model, which is struggling against better-equipped compact cars. The next Civic is expected to be a global car based on a scalable platform that will also underpin the Accord.

Rumor has it Honda is planning to produce the global civic in the U.S. If that turns out to be true, it could mean higher performing versions of the Civic currently reserved for Japan and Europe being sold in North America as well.

The prototype in these pictures has a fastback design, but if you look closely there are lines visible that indicate a trunk rather than a hatchback design.

Honda is disappointed enough in how the current Civic is selling to give it an unprecedented two quick turnaround refreshes since it launched in 2011 for the 2012 model year. The first brought mild exterior styling tweaks and improved equipment while the second change swapped its conventional automatic for a continuously variable transmission.

This prototype showed up sooner than we expected to see it, so it’s difficult to guess when Honda intends to launch a replacement to the ninth-generation car.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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  • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Jan 06, 2015

    A Civic Si with all wheel drive would be sweet.

  • Simon Richard Bernstein Simon Richard Bernstein on Feb 13, 2015

    Looks wise the current Civics are boring to fugly. That hideous dash has got to go. The Mazda 3 and especially the new Toyota Carolla are much better looking than the Honda Civic. I also hope Honda equips their next generation Civics with LED headlamps like the Carolla and a smoother much nicer looking dash.