By Stewart Smith on 2016-03-01 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
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Honda has unveiled the next step in the renewal of its European car range at the Geneva Motor Show, including the global premiere of the Civic Hatchback Prototype.
Scheduled for a European launch in early 2017 the new Honda will be produced at Swindon in the UK and will be exported to global markets, including the US.
The all-new hatchback will be wider, lower and longer than the current generation. New larger and wider wheels and tyres give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.
At the front of the car, a short overhang with large air intakes presents a sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda's family face. LED headlights and daytime running lights flow from beneath the boldly sculpted bonnet into accentuated wheel arches.
Under the bonnet it will feature a range of three powertrain options: 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC turbo petrol engines, and a revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit. Civic will be the first European model to feature the two all-new petrol engines.
Also announced at the Swiss show is the price of the all-new Honda NSX supercar which will come in at approximately £130,000 in the UK when it goes on sale in the autumn.
Honda has confirmed that Europe will be the leading export region for sales of NSX, and will be sold through a limited network of authorised dealers in key European locations.
New NSX features classic low and wide proportions married to modern and alluring surfacing, an aggressive front design, and rear lights.
At its heart is an all new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 engine that is mated to an all-new, Honda developed 9-speed DCT with an electric motor that applies its torque directly to the crankshaft for higher output with immediate power delivery to the rear wheels.
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