Thursday, September 17, 2015
Honda Blows the Lid Off All-New 10th Generation 2016 Civic
Honda has finally pulled the wraps off its much-awaited tenth-generation Civic which will go on sale in markets such as the US as early as the third quarter of this year. The 2016 Civic is an all-new design from the ground-up that aims to rectify the lackluster reception towards the current model. The all-new Civic also forms the basis of a family of models including the first-ever global Type-R model.
The all-new Civic features a more athletic stance that’s lower and wider than before. It features a long hood, sportier front overhang, and a fastback-style tail. The swept-back bodylines, bulging wheel arches, and aggressive face give it a much more premium feel that’s complimented by available all-LED headlights (or LED daytime running lights as standard) and C-shaped LED taillights.
Under the hood, the Civic (at least for the US market) comes with two engines. The first, is a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or CVT. For the first time though, it’s now available with a new 1.5-liter direct-injected turbocharged engine mated to a CVT.
Engineers have gone to great lengths to ensure a sportier driving feel for the all-new Civic. For instance, the hip point has been lowered by some 25.4 millimeters compared to the current car. This new packaging is possible thanks to new re-designed front strut suspension and new multi-link rear suspension mounted on an ultra-rigid subframe. In order to achieve good handling, it gets hydraulic compliance bushings—a technology reserved for higher-end cars as well as variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars, and Agile Handling Assist—Honda’s brake-torque vectoring technology.
Despite the larger body size, the Civic is actually lighter (up to 30 kilograms) than the current model thanks to the use of ultra-high-strength steel. Rigidity is up 25 percent while aerodynamic efficiency is up 12 percent. It’s also quieter thanks to a flushed acoustic glass, triple-sealed doors, and a tightly sealed engine bay.
Inside, it has additional space for both front and rear occupants. In terms of luggage capacity, the Civic now comes with a 60/40 split-fold rear bench. Available features include a new full-color TFT multi-information display, LED shift indicator, and power adjustable seats. Front and center is a new 7-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen with integrated Apple CarPlay. It also supports Android Auto.
In terms of safety, it will be made available with Honda Sensing—a suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies that include Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Flow.
Honda will announce more details about the all-new 2016 Civic closer to its launch.