Honda Civic concept looks Hyundaish

Honda releases a sketch of the Civic concept to be shown at the 2011 Detroit auto show.

Honda Civic concept sketch
Honda released this sketch of its Civic concept, to be unveiled at the 2011 Detroit auto show. Honda

Honda released a sketch today teasing the Civic concept it will show off at the 2011 Detroit auto show. Concept sketches are not entirely reliable, but this one shows the standard Honda grille bracketed by deep-set headlights.

The artist chose to show the coupe, emphasizing the sporty lines. The angle of the beltline from front to rear is very reminiscent of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language.

One notable element is the roof, which appears to be glass. We would not expect Honda to offer a glass roof standard, but it may be an option. Also interesting is that the artist chose normal-size wheels, a nice change from all the concept sketches with ridiculously oversize wheels.

The sketch, and the Civic concept to be unveiled at the beginning of January, herald the 2012 Honda Civic, which looks like it will be heavily restyled. Honda also tends to show off concepts that are not far from what the production car will be like, so the new Civic, at least the coupe version, could have a very sporty look.

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