Honda Teases Civic Based Crossover Concept Ahead Of Debut Next Month

Honda Civic Versatilist Concept

Honda Civic Versatilist Concept is based on the standard Civic hatchback with a crossover appeal; world premiere at 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon

Just as Maruti Suzuki, Tata, Mahindra and Nissan who will start the New Year with big launches, Honda Cars India has lined up a popular nameplate that has been away for long. The Japanese auto major is synonymous with City and Civic names throughout its history of well over two decades in India. While the former continued to cherish its existence by belonging to a relatively volume space, the Civic succumbed to the apparent dismay.

Despite securing a unique place of its own, the eighth-generation Civic was pulled out of the market due to poor sales demand. The premium sedan had to make do with the fate of several other premium vehicles from last decade and ceased production for more than six years. After a long hiatus, it is coming back with a bang in February 2019 and we will have you covered on every trick the new Civic has up its sleeves.

In India, the Civic is better know for its sedan body-type but elsewhere it is a whole different story. It is most popular in its hatchback guise especially in Europe while also being sold in coupe versions. With the tenth-generation Civic receiving an overwhelming response, especially for the Type R hardcore variant, Honda has planned to expand its portfolio further.

First glimpses of it have appeared on the internet as Honda has officially revealed a teaser image of what could be a crossover concept. The teaser sketch has come out ahead of the 2019 NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) hosted between 14 and 27 January and the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon just prior to the Detroit show. Instantly, the concept can be recognised as a crossover take on the Civic hatchback and it does look wildly spectacular.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
Standard Honda Civic Hatchback

The Honda Civic Versatilist Concept gets a distinctive dual-tone appeal with the pillar and roof finished in black colour while the body is painted white. The black side cladding and a body kit comprising of flared fenders, aggressive lower bumper portion with wide air intakes and side skirts are other highlights that can be seen from the teaser image.

The concept does not have door handles as well. Honda says the Civic Versatilist’s design and performance will enable peace of mind. It will be accompanied by S660 Modulo Neo Classic racing kei car at the Auto Salon.