With the new Civic, development of the sedan, hatchback, coupe and Type R began simultaneously. First, a new platform was developed, and design development associates joined in from the body frame development stage to realize the packaging. Development focussed with a strong will to make the entire Civic series’ performance C-segment-leading, with the Type R at its pinnacle.
The revolutionary sedan and hatchback styles were perfected by giving functional form and shape to the low and wide base, with a firm wheelbase for a secure footing, making the performance even more dynamic, and creating beauty as a mobile object.
Exterior Builds Upon Low and Wide Base to Enhance Feel of Power
In the pursuit of giving the Civic a youthful refresh and building the perfect sporty sedan, Honda engineers aimed to further enhance the dynamic drive realized by its low and wide structure, with aerodynamics. Every aspect of design contributed to a low, wide and flowing exterior, such as extending the wheelbase and reducing overhang to position tires tight up to the corners, the sculptured fenders, and the front fascia’s expression. The result is a sedan style that emanates the feel of powerful motion, and a more dynamic drive.
Functional Silhouette with Attention to Fine Details Shared with Type R
Unique methods were applied to the hatchback’s unique rear end design, while sharing the same basic low and wide structure with the sedan version. The flattened tailgate, designed upon considerations such as aerodynamics, give it and the Type R a functional and revolutionary hatchback silhouette. On top of that, Honda engineers worked on the finer details to give it a more sporty and aggressive look than the sedan version.
Engineering and design merged to develop the Civic Coupe body, embracing both fundamental physics such as inertia and a sporty character like a hot three-door hatchback. The taut, tidy and sporty overall proportions of the new Civic Coupe are complemented and accentuated by its performance inspired design details, including its sleek, swept-back bodylines, its sharp and aggressive face, and its bulging wheel arches.
The Civic Type R was designed to go a step further from the Civic series’ design concept of pursuing “beauty in motion” as a car that is fun to drive. With proportions lower and wider than the hatchback model, various components to improve aerodynamic performance were added. Spoiler, air intake, duct design among others were derived from functionality, and added to a true sports car stance.
And, since the platform was developed from the beginning with the Type R in mind, the overall styling is embedded with elegance.
”Sporty and sophisticated” were thoroughly pursued, to create an interior that enhances the fun of mobility and the joy of driving. The fundamentals of the instrument panel and console that define the interior space were revisited, in order to design an interior that spoke dynamism.
Considering how the instrument panel is seen changes the driver’s perception, the team dynamically determined the height positioning through driving test vehicles. The team also focussed on the console’s aspect ratio. By giving the vertical console the feel of strength, and the horizontal instrument panel a thin frame, bringing the driver’s focus to the dashboard instruments, a wide and sporty feel is enhanced. The use of soft materials creates a relaxed yet strong, sophisticated interior that emanates a sense of motion.
By replacing the handbrake lever with an electronic handbrake, the console’s vertical line exerts strength. More room is made available for the console box, and the arm rests can be extended back, improving functionality and giving the car a higher class feel. The high deck structure allows the driver and front seat passenger to access a large pocket at the front of the console, which in conjunction with the accessory socket, is convenient for charging and stowing smartphones.