This year at the Detroit Auto Show Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan made their world debuts.
The Honda Civic, a perennial compact bestseller, is being readied for a major makeover, and this is essentially what the coupe and sedan will look like when they go on sale this spring as 2012 models.
Designed to preview the 2012 production models, the Sedan and Si Coupe concepts feature steeply raked windscreens, upward sweeping character lines, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Civic’s family of engines with “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) technology become even more fuel efficient for 2012.
Talking about power-trains, Honda said that the 2012 Civic sedan will come in three additional flavors: Si, hybrid, and natural-gas. The hybrid will upgrade to lithium-ion batteries (from NiMH) and the latest version of Big H’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system, and the availability of the natural-gas Civic GX will be broadened to cover the entire country.