Honda teased the Civic Prototype earlier today, and now spy photographers have caught the production model undergoing testing in Germany.
Dressed in heavy camouflage, the redesigned sedan is notably tamer as it eschews the ‘boy-racer’ look of the current model.
Instead, the sedan adopts a more formal – and boring – appearance that echoes the larger Accord. Up front, there’s a wide grille which is flanked by sweptback headlights and prominent daytime running lights. The model also has a wide air intake and circular fog lights.
Continuing to the rear, we can see a rakish windscreen and less adventurous bodywork. The model also has aerodynamic skirts, an evolutionary greenhouse and large wraparound taillights.
While the camouflage hides a number of details, the Civic sedan was effectively revealed in patent photos earlier this year. The hatchback was outed in a similar fashion, while the coupe has already been killed.
Despite knowing what the car will look like, the biggest mystery is what’s under the hood. That being said, the current model offers an assortment of engines including a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 158 hp (118 kW / 160 PS) and 138 lb-ft (187 Nm) of torque. Buyers can also opt for a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine producing 174 hp (130 kW / 176 PS) and 162 lb-ft (219 Nm).
Customers looking for something sportier can upgrade to the Civic Si or Civic Type R. The former has a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with 205 hp (153 kW / 208 PS) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque, while the latter boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter pumping out 306 hp (228 kW / 310 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm).
While a number of questions remain, the Civic Prototype will be unveiled on November 17th and the production model will be launched in the United States in the spring of 2021.