Honda Unveils Concepts for 2012 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan Models at Detroit Show

Honda debuted the Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan at the North American International Auto Show today, providing the first official glimpse at the all-new, ninth-generation 2012 Civic, which is set to go on sale in the USA this spring.

"The Civic is known for providing a balance of 'just-right' packaging, fun-to-drive character and outstanding fuel economy, at a price that even first-time buyers can afford," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "The redesigned Civic builds on this legacy and promises to be the best Civic yet."

The [evolutionary] exterior styling of both Civic concept models is very close to the actual production models that will follow within the next couple of months. Compared to the sedan version, the coupe model features a more aggressive character thanks to the tapered rear roofline, more angular front fascia and several unique parts including rear air diffuser, a center-mounted exhaust outlet and a rear deck lid spoiler with dual vents. Both concepts are fitted with 19-inch machined alloy wheels.

Honda is keeping most details on the production model to itself, but the Japanese automaker did reveal that the aside from the conventional coupe and sedan models, 2012 Civic range will include sporty "Si" performance versions, as well as hybrid and natural-gas variants. The company added that the new Civic hybrid will be the first production Honda hybrid to feature a lithium ion battery cell, while in another first, the Eco-Assist system will be available in most upcoming Civic models.