If you’re looking at purchasing a new car in the near future, perhaps you might wish to just hold on a little while once you see what Honda have got in the pipeline.
From upgraded versions of current models to entirely new concepts, the guys at Honda are always hard at work to keep improving, so here’s a look at what they’ve got on the horizon.
The new Honda Civic Hatchback was unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show and is expected to go on sale at some point early next year.
It has a much more conventional four-door look compared to the current model and has been praised for its far sleeker shape.
Based on the tenth generation Civic, which came out last year, the hatch has a much lower roofline than its previous incarnation, with a steep rear screen.
It also has a much longer bonnet and a sportier front bumper as well as some short overhangs, large air intakes and all-new LED headlamps. At the back, you’ll find central twin exhaust pipes and new boomerang-shaped taillights.
Under the hood, the car will be the first Honda to feature the new 1.0 and 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engines, along with a heavily revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.
And on the inside, the vehicle will have a driver-focused dash design with a central touchscreen.
One criticism of the old Civic was its rear visibility, although Honda claims this has been solved with a one-piece rear window.
The Civic will be built right here in the UK at Honda’s plant in Swindon and is expected to hit showrooms around February at a price of around £15,000.
Honda’s FCV Concept is their futuristic foray into hydrogen power. Futuristic not only in the zero emissions technology that powers it but also in its aesthetic!
The FCV is powered by Honda’s latest fuel-cell powertrain, which has been shrunk by a third when compared to the FCX Clarity, with a 60% increase in power density, compact enough to fit within the front of the car, freeing up valuable passenger and cargo space, meaning it can fit up to five passengers.
As for how it’ll run, it’s claimed that the FCV will have a 300-mile range and a fill-up time of just three minutes.
As for that futuristic appearance, the FCV has been toned down from the FCEV, retaining its full-width face element and adding a fender vent.
And on the inside, the vehicle has a large airy cabin with elegantly stitched seats, decked out in a black and white colour scheme as well as a pretty cool touchscreen and a hexagonal U-shaped steering wheel.
Honda has long been committed to fuel-cell vehicle technology, and the FCV is at the very forefront of their efforts.
While the FCV is probably still a fair way from being seen on the roads, you can sign up for updates here.
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