The new 2012 Civic was almost exposed by Honda. We’re saying “almost” because we have this single disguised photograph of the new model, and a brief video with some background on the chassis development.
Yesterday, Car’s scoop of the Civic showed, the 2012 Civic will be a bit longer and lower than today’s model. Also there will be a new range of engines powering the front-drive chassis, eventually including a new compact diesel thought to be around 1.4 litres in capacity.
The video shows some details about the the chassis. It seems that the rear axle sticks with a torsion beam suspension. The Japanese brand argues it give more boot space than a full independent system as found in the VW Golf or Ford Focus. The company also claims this will be class-leading.
Beside this the ends of the twist beam are designed to improve ride and handling. So far the current Civic has never been at the top of class for dynamics, and it’s clear that this is an area Honda wishes to address.
The short film below shows the Honda engineers talking about the new suspension.
Honda has maintained a long teaser campaign and we expect some announcements before we see the car for real on 13 September at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show.
The 2012 Civic, ninth-generation, goes on UK sale in spring 2012.