2016 Honda Civic dash patent-03

We’ve seen spyshots of it before; now here are patent filings that confirm the 2016 Honda Civic’s dashboard design. Patent drawings of the next-gen Civic’s exterior surfaced in April.

It shows the main dashboard mould without the steering, instrument panel, centre console and gear lever fitted; and what we see is consistent with the spyshots.

Out is the current double-tier design that made its debut with the FD Civic, and in its place is a more conventional layout. The dash top is high – the air con vents are on the same level as the top of the instrument panel, and there are similarities with the City’s dash layout, although it’s less cliff-faced.

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No room for a hand brake, but an electronic parking brake will sit next to the gear lever, along with Honda’s ECON button. The hole between the steering column and the centre console is for the push start button. We also see what looks like a lidded cupholder below the driver’s side AC vent.

Check out the pics below for a clear look at the radio, auto air con panel and gear lever area, as well as the steering and its buttons. Do you prefer this new design or the current template?

2016 Honda Civic exterior patent designs

Honda Civic Concept from 2015 NYIAS