Eleventh-generation Honda Civic design revealed in patent images – sedan and hatchback versions seen

Eleventh-generation Honda Civic design revealed in patent images – sedan and hatchback versions seen

The tenth-generation Honda Civic FC that we have now was first introduced a little over five years ago, which is enough of a time gap for us to expect an all-new model to be on the way. We know this to be true, as there have been numerous spyshots of the 11th-gen Civic undergoing testing in Thailand as well as in Europe.

While those photos do give us some idea of what the next Civic might look like, the camouflage and possibly fake body panels applied on the prototypes do mask its final design somewhat. Thankfully, we now have patent images from IP Australia (1, 2), which were discovered by the Civic11 and CivicXI forums, to help piece the puzzle a little better.

There are two sets of images here, with one depicting the sedan version of the new Civic, while the other is the hatchback. These two body styles are already available with the tenth-gen model, although there are rumours that Honda won’t bring back a coupe version.

Starting with the sedan, we find a familiar face at the front, with the brand’s Solid Wing Face grille that is flanked by restyled headlamps and daytime running light signature. The lower apron also abandons the large, faux corner intakes of the previous model in favour of less pronounced ones, and they are kept separated from the lower intake by a body-coloured structure.

Eleventh-generation Honda Civic design revealed in patent images – sedan and hatchback versions seen

Viewed from the side, it appears the upcoming Civic will sport more upright A-pillars, along with a profile that is reminiscent of the Accord. In fact, even the window line closely mimics the larger D-segment model, as seen in the raised portion just above the fuel door.

Focusing on the rear, the previous C-shaped (or affectionally known as ketam) taillights have been replaced with angular clusters instead. You’ll also notice the boot has been slightly extended here, with the reflectors being placed higher up, while the decorative vents have been made slimmer and relocated to the base of the bumper.

As for the hatchback, it gets the same front-end as its sedan, and is obviously different further rearwards. Along the sides, we can see that the window trim now extends a little further back to meet with the tailgate’s shut lines, but the biggest changes are at the rear.

Like the sedan, the taillights have been significantly reshaped but with a different design that incorporates a light bar linking the two clusters. This also sees the end of the secondary spoiler that runs across the rear window on the current model, while the lower apron doesn’t differ too much from its longer sibling.

Based on these patents, it’s clear that the Civic is set for yet another radical overhaul, but other details its platform, technology and powertrains remain a mystery. On the matter of engines, we should get the usual mix of petrol and diesel powerplants, with the possibility of hybrid or even plug-in hybrid options. Certain spyshots also suggest a high-performance, sedan Type R model, something that wasn’t offered with the tenth-gen – the current Civic Type R is a hatchback only.

It has been reported that Honda will unveil the 11th-gen Civic later this year, although an exact date hasn’t been revealed by the carmaker. Nonetheless, these patents do give us an early look at what to expect. Do you like what you see? Are the new designs better than the tenth-gen model? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

GALLERY: 11th-generation Honda Civic Sedan patent images

GALLERY: 11th-generation Honda Civic Hatchback patent images

GALLERY: 2020 Honda Civic Sedan FC 1.5 TC-P facelift (Malaysia market)

GALLERY: 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback FK 1.5 RS facelift (Thailand market)

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  • Celup King on Sep 30, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Going back to boring looks. Now the rear looks similar to kimchi. Habislah Honda!

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    • Jonn Dol on Sep 30, 2020 at 8:38 pm

      The Rear lights design of the hatchback is way better looking than the sedan’s version. It’s a no brainer. Unfortunately the folks at Honda is still interested in applying some Korean (Hyundai, Kia) design flair..

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  • Never again Honda on Sep 30, 2020 at 10:43 am

    It’s 2020 and there are new cars otw with outrageous overhangs both front and back? Also, the Accord is U-G-L-Y so following design cues from that would be a mistake.

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  • To be honset the Koreans have made better looking cars these days, especially Kias

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  • Maverick on Sep 30, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Wow new Civic look very fast even in B&W imej.

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  • Gabriel on Sep 30, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Looks way better than the current generation.
    More mature look which I personally like.

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  • Celup King on Sep 30, 2020 at 11:17 am

    It looks like Facelift rather than new generation.
    Old platform

    Rear lamp macam copy Hyundai Elantra

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  • johnweak on Sep 30, 2020 at 11:25 am

    ewwww…the rear macam accord to ugly?

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  • Kenny8886 on Sep 30, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Am i the only one who thinks that the hatchback’s rear end design reminds me the Kia Stinger ?

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Sep 30, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Will the curse of Civic odd generation strike again?

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  • Ben Yap on Sep 30, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    the new 11 gen honda civic will still outsell cars in its segment as can be seen in its predecessor the 10th generation.

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  • pomen on Sep 30, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    no more ketam tailamp…

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  • Karam Singh on Sep 30, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    As per the usual Honda..

    It wowed the world with Civic 6th gen (SO4 or EK).. Then went bland with 7th (S5A or ES).

    8th gen was fabulous.. (Civic FD) but 9th gen Civic FB was totally disastrous.

    The 10th gen civic FC would be best in terms of looks, features and footprint.. So this is totally expected.

    I am going to Nissan showroom..

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  • Looks like a more mature design compare to current gen. Need to wait until see the real car only can judge nice or not, usually the patent image not so nice.

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  • It looks like it’s going after the Mazda3.

    Anyway it looks like the repeat story of handsome 8th Gen FD followed by an uninspiring 9th Gen FB.

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  • DonkeyKong on Sep 30, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Ditching the “ricer” look sure makes it look more upmarket, like it’s suitable for executives and not just ricers and street racing idiots. But if it looks anything like the current Accord in the flesh, good luck. They should just adapt the current Insight design as the new Civic. That car has a good mix of sportiness and maturity.

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    • Agree DK. the new Civic got best design cues from Lexus IS + Nissan Maxima. Kodo motion design at its best.

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  • Oilyghost on Oct 01, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Ugly. Ketam win!

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