At the 2011 Detroit auto show, Honda unveiled a concept of what will become its ninth-generation Civic.

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We were able to check out the Civic's new external aesthetic, but Honda was tight-lipped about the interior and power-train specs.

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What we do know is that Honda expects the Civic to get up to 40mpg, matching Hyundai's estimates for its 2011 Elantra.

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The sedan, in "standard" trim, features a single exhaust hanging from the standard position.

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But the coupe concept represents what we should expect from the Civic Si, including this trapezoidal center exhaust.

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Obviously, the coupe features two fewer doors than the sedan.

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Whether sedan or coupe, the Civic concept features an aggressively raked appearance that's not much different from the Civic on the road today.

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The coupe also features a glossy black band across the top edge of its lower grill opening, visually enlarging the opening for a more aggressive appearance.

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Smoked headlamps and taillights definitely won't make it to production.

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Out back, the Civic is equipped with an integrated decklid spoiler.

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The concept was equipped with massive brakes that we're also sure won't hit a showroom.

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While specs are hard to come by, Honda did say that the ninth Civic would also be available in hybrid trim and in natural-gas-powered GX trim.

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