Thanks to the patent images leaked late last month and the first spy photos from last week, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what the next-gen Honda Civic will look like. Surprise, surprise – there is nothing really surprising as the Japanese model will continue its evolutionary design approach. That pretty much means the new Type R would follow this trend as well and now we have renderings that preview what to expect from the hot hatch.
The images you see in the gallery below were produced by the folks at the Civic XI forum and show a very plausible look for the new generation Type R. There is nothing shocking or wild about the design, but we really like the appearance of the speedy sedan being a bit wider and lower than the outgoing model.
Overall, it looks good and exactly as you would expect from Honda. If there’s one thing we don’t like about what we see, it’s the central four-pipe exhaust layout at the rear. It’s obviously an evolution from the three-pipe setup of the current Civic Type R, but we doubt that is a step in the right direction in terms of design.
While the exterior may be an evolution rather than a revolution, what’s hiding under the hood of the new CTR will be much more interesting. According to early rumors, the new hot hatch will use a hybrid system consisting of two electric motors and a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Word on the street is that the power is expected to be around 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and it will be very interesting to see if the model keeps its manual transmission.
With the next-gen Civic slated to arrive next spring, we expect it will take at least several months before we see the sporty Civic Si and hardcore Type R.