Honda’s recent new-car releases seem to be reflections of the brand’s aspirations to become a little more upmarket. This is evident in the all-new City and HR-V with their creases and straight edges in lieu of their edgier previous iterations. That same design direction appears to have rubbed off on the all-new Civic compact sedan, and it just looks like a smaller carbon copy of the Accord midsize sedan.
That’s not a bad thing, though. The Accord is a good-looking car itself, and it is perfectly understandable why its smaller brother would be modeled after it. The fastback profile remains, but the rear quarter window now has a distinctive kink. The headlights and the radiator grille also have a squarer look, and the front bumper has split air dams. Basically, what all this mumbo-jumbo means is that the car looks almost exactly like the prototype (sorry for wasting your time).
Anyway, the photo you see here is the only one Honda is willing to release at the moment. The automaker claims that the 11th-generation Civic is the most high-tech one in the model’s history. But we guess all car manufacturers say that. All that remains to be seen is if the company can indeed deliver on its promise of a premium, fun-to-drive vehicle. The all-new Civic’s official launch is on April 28 in the United States.