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Honda’s 2016 Civic Sedan spied out in the open

Honda is hosting a big event next week to reveal the all-new 2016 Civic Sedan, but a keen-eyed photographer in Ann Arbor, Michigan has managed to spot the car in the open ahead of time.

Originally posted on CivicX, the photos show an expectedly toned-down version of the tenth-generation Civic Concept that premiered at the 2015 New York Auto Show, with a sleek, sloping greenhouse and boomerang-style taillights highlighting the silhouette. The photographed four-door appears to be the range-topping Touring variant as well, which means the wheels, chrome trim pieces, and LED headlights are likely unique to this particular version.

Even in unflattering light and a fairly dull color, the new car looks more distinguished, upscale, and unique than those that came before it. In fact, it’s probably the best-looking Civic of the last 15 years, one that will hopefully inject some much-needed sportiness into the model range. This is just the sedan after all, so we expect the coupe — which will be unveiled in winter — as well as the hatchback and performance variants, to look even better.

Underneath the sedan’s fresh face is a new global platform that will underpin every tenth-generation Civic made. In North America, power will be sourced from an all-new 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine that will bolt up to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Specific output for the Civic hasn’t been revealed yet, but the 1.5-liter powerplant in Honda’s Step WGN minivan makes 147 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque, so we expect similar numbers here. Other powertrains could be announced during the vehicle’s official reveal on September 16, so stay tuned for more details.

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As for whoever left this supposedly well-guarded Civic out on a public street in broad daylight, you might want to try the garage next time.