The Civic has been completely redesigned for the 2016 model year but there are still a few more details left untouched. For example, the Type R version of the car as well as a hybrid model are still missing from the range and it seems that the 2017 Honda Civic is going to include these as well. In fact, the 2017 model will likely aim only the special versions of the car so the newly launched regular models are likely going to remain unchanged which is to be expected considering it has been launched only a few months ago.
2017 Honda Civic Price
Thanks to the new platform the car is based on, the new 2017 Honda Civic is stiffer and the NVH levels are quite a bit better than before. On top of that, the car is a pleasure to drive and while the design may not be on everyone’s taste, it certainly is better than before. The new model will likely start at $19,500 which is the same as before but the two new special models are going to be a bit more expensive than that. The hybrid version of the car is expected to hit the market somewhere around the price of a Prius which is $23,000 while the Type R version of the Civic will most definitely hit the market for more than $30,000 which might be a problem in the long run but that remains to be seen.
2017 Honda Civic Specs
Under the hood, the regular version of the 2017 Honda Civic will be available with two engines for the US market. The base model will get a 2 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 unit with 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, better than the average car in its class. This time around, the 6 speed manual transmission which is now available only on the base model is also expected to become available on the higher end trim levels. The 1.5 liter turbocharged mill that offers 174 horsepower on the other hand will most likely remain unchanged. Instead of the 2 liter engine, Europe will get a 1 liter turbocharged mill which is expected to provide upwards of 100 horsepower, more than enough for it.
2017 Honda Civic Hybrid
The hybrid version is still under development but we expect a small turbocharged engine, most likely the 1 liter mill, coupled to an electric motor for better fuel efficiency inside a city. The Type R on the other hand is more than likely going to use a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 unit which is expected to make close to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, all of them routed to the front wheels via either a 6 speed manual or an unknown automatic. In any case, Honda will have to offer a really good chassis in order to make the Civic able to compete with the Focus RS or the upcoming Golf R.
Exterior and Interior Design
Design wise, the new model will be no different than the current car but the hybrid will likely get a new set of wheels and low rolling resistance tires, a sleeker-looking front bumper and active grille shutters. The 2018 Honda Civic Type R on the other hand will likely be available only in hatchback form and it will include a more aggressive body-kit, 19 inch rims wrapped in high performance tires, a rear spoiler and also a diffuser. Inside the cabin things will be pretty similar as well so the Type R will benefit from Recaro seats in the front and at the back, a new steering wheel as well as unique upholstery while the hybrid should offer a new instrument cluster as well as a larger screen for its infotainment system and less space inside the trunk due to the added batteries.