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The tenth-generation Honda Civic has been leaked online! In the form of patent images from civicx.com, that is. Initially previewed in show car form at the 2015 New York International Auto Show (2015 NYIAS), the Honda Civic Concept displayed what was perhaps the most eye-catching set of lines ever to grace a Civic’s body, along with a matching, attention-seeking neon green paint scheme.

So while the patent sketches aren’t exactly the most detailed shots of the production Civic, they do provide notable hints on what to expect with the new car when it goes on sale in the United States during the third quarter of this year. Only the sedan and coupe models were leaked – the five-door hatch remains elusive.

Beginning with the coupe body style, it looks like several cues have made the transition over from the Civic Concept, the trademark boomerang-style taillights being one of them. Traces of the concept car’s front fascia appear to have been carried over as well, albeit losing the aggressive air intake design. What’s missing this time round is the rear spoiler – which could be featured on the sportier Si trim.

As for the sedan, things are a lot less striking as the interconnected taillights are no longer featured on this body style. Aside from the obvious addition of extra doors, the Civic sedan appears to have also followed suit with the concept’s front end design.

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Under the bonnet, not much is known except for the fact that the new Honda Civic will be the first model in the United States to sport a 1.5 litre, turbocharged VTEC engine from the Japanese carmaker’s Earth Dreams Technology umbrella. A short-shifting, six-speed manual gearbox and a CVT are touted.

Safety kit on the new Civic includes the Honda Sensing platform which features Lane Departure and Forward Collision Warning along with Adaptive Cruise Control, Honda LaneWatch and a plethora of active and passive safety equipment. More details are expected to be divulged as the launch date approaches.

While the patent images here reveal the US-spec vehicle, keep in mind that this new Civic will, in turn, preview the ASEAN-spec model. Watch this space.

GALLERY: Honda Civic Concept in New York

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