Honda appeared to have hit a home run with it’s eye-searing green show-stopper at the New York Auto Show a couple weeks back. Now thanks to some new spy shots, we have a better idea of how closely the production version of the Civic Coupe will follow the high expectations set at the Javitz Center.
These photos reinforce the concept’s almost-hatch profile and taillights spanning the width of the rear. The front preserves the aggressive brow over the headlights and prominent LED accents, only with a slight shallower, less chunky bumper and lower intake surrounds. Of course, such changes are expected in the conversion to production and if we’re honest, they might make the final version of the coupe more elegant than the version we saw in New York. Pretty as it was, it could have used some subtlety to scale back the boy-racer vibe. From some angles, the prototype almost looks like a heavily-camoflauged CR-Z that’s put on a few pounds.
Honda chief designer Guy Melville-Brown made it clear when we spoke to him following the unveiling that he and his team aimed to inject some enthusiasm and emotional appeal back into the Civic range, especially with the coupe. We’ll know for sure if they’ve preserved the concept’s look when cars begin rolling into showrooms later this year.
– By: Adam Ismail
Source: KGP Photography viaMotorTrend