Honda’s Chinese Arm Has A Funny Way Of Camouflaging 2020 Civic Facelift

Carmakers go above and beyond trying to hide the design changes of new products during the development and testing phase, adding all sorts of psychedelic wraps to the body panels and sometimes even bulky plastic cladding.

Honda, though, has taken it to the next level with this Civic prototype, which was shared by the Chinese media. The compact hatchback is wrapped in a weird combo of white plastic wrapping and  brightly colored barricade tape that’s usually employed to warn or catch the attention of passersby of a dangerous area. If the colors don’t get your attention, then perhaps the way the tape was applied to the body will, as it looks like it badly needs to be subjected to an unboxing…

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As odd as it is, the camouflage does a good job as keeping the visuals of the facelifted Civic a secret. Still, since we’re on the subject, expect lightly modified bumpers, headlights and taillights, as well as new wheels and perhaps other minor changes. The updates will keep it competitive for a few more years, until Honda is ready to launch the next generation, which will continue to do battle with the Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and newly unveiled Volkswagen Golf.

2020 Honda Civic hatch U.S.-spec

The only low-res picture of the Chinese market interior shows the same layout, yet the infotainment screen appears to be different, with rounded top corners and probably a bigger diagonal. This version has a black interior, but customers will be able to choose between other colors and, in all likelihood, new trims.

Meanwhile, Honda has slightly updated the 2020 Civic hatch in the U.S., revising the styling and introducing new gear. Pricing starts at $22,580 for the LX and goes up to $29,780 for the Sport Touring.


Image credits: AutoHome

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Huh! Those Chinese and their copy-cat designs!
    That looks just like the accident that Police cordoned off on a local street the other day.

  • Joe

    According to Chinese media (and also I think the source where this article sourced the images, way to ignore your source material), this isn’t actually a facelifted Civic the way the article states. The Dongfeng Honda Civic is the current 4-door sedan model, but their other joint venture with GAC doesn’t have an equivalent model. This is reportedly the GAC Honda somethingelse, a rebadged Civic 5-door hatchback, a body so far unavailable in China, in order to balance the line-ups. Having two JVs is why there are the CR-V and Breeze, Vezel and XR-V, Accord and Inspire, etc etc.

    • Bash

      Dude, The steering and front emblem says Honda.

      • Joe

        Dude, I have eyes.
        Yes, I know that. Did you read what I said? What part of what I said is hard?

        Honda has 2 joint ventures in China. The cars that come out of both of them carry Honda badges, because they are sold as Hondas, however they are still separate lineups and compete with each other.

        1 joint venture is Dongfeng Honda, whose cars carry Honda emblems.
        The other joint venture is GAC Honda, whose cars carry Honda emblems.

        The sedan model is sold there as the Dongfeng Honda Civic. This hatchback is most likely the equivalent model from GAC Honda, which will be badged as a Honda but will not be called Civic.

        This already happens with, for example, the Dongfeng Honda CR-V and GAC Honda Breeze, or the GAC Honda Accord and Dongfeng Honda Inspire. Other companies with two JVs include Toyota, Ford, and GM.

        Now does that make sense? If not I could go into even more detail…

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Typical Chinese “chabuduo” mentality right here…

  • Six_Tymes

    I love the exterior and interior design. This looks great! lol

  • javier navarro

    that is some low effort. PRC china needs to put more effort. Take pride in your work guys.

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