[Tokyo Auto Salon 2020]「If the EK9 Civic Were Released in This Era…」 Honda Access Unveils the Civic of the Near Future!
Published : 2020/01/27 23:58 Modified : 2020/01/28 00:15
A futuristic EK9 Civic created under the theme “Connecting Generations”!
Uses an S660 instrument panel! Headlights and taillights converted to full LED!
Known as a geniune Honda accessory manufacturer, Honda Access have debuted this Civic at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020. The idea was to “create a new dream car from a fan favorite”. This Civic was nicknamed “CIVIC CYBER NIGHT JAPAN CRUISER 2020” and captured the attention of Honda fans everywhere.
“Take for example Air Max shoes, the Walkman and the disposable camera. Retro items are making a comeback and this one with a modern twist should appeal to younger and older car fans. To drive a car like this around the city at night would give anyone feelings of nostalgia AND excitement for the future”. Access gathered members from various departments and put their heads together to come up with this car using various technologies.
The exterior was fully painted with colors in tones to reflect the night view and look modern while keeping the old-fashioned gunmetal colored materials.
The front and rear bumpers were produced from 3D scanned data based on design sketches. Molds were made and one-off original FRP parts were generated. The original design was one that the bonnet housed the grille, but that was smoothed in favor of a more refreshed modern look. The overall feeling of the car gives a futuristic impression.
The headlights and taillights have not changed in shape from the factory pieces, but the outer periphery has changed to LED and the appearance has been altered by applying body-colored shields.
The wheels are geniune 17-inch Honda wheels from the current model Insight (ZE4). Hubs were converted to 5-lug for this change. The center cap shows the acronym of the cars nickname “CYBER NIGHT JAPAN CRUISER 2020” as CNJC in a font that is inspired by the actual CIVIC logo lettering.
The muffler was originally planned to be a center exit, but the idea was axed for budget restraints. Still, it kept its original design idea of being embedded in the rear bumper lines.
Although the interior is not a full makeover like the exterior, it has various updates including genuine S660 instrument panel and a large monitor embedded in the center console for a modern feel. The detail finish has a lot of thought put into it and looks like it was new from factory.
This EK9 has been revived for modern times and with such a degree of perfection that mistaking it for a current production car wouldn’t be out of line. On the surface, these modifications might only place the car in the dress up car category but it reaches a bit beyond that. Anyway, the playfulness and attention to detail by Honda Access is impressive.