UPDATE 1: And now, here is our First Drive of the all-new Civic RS Turbo (5/3).
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is celebrating its 25th anniversary by going back to where it all began: the Civic. At the festivities commemorating this occasion, HCPI unveiled the all-new, tenth-generation Civic, a car that pushes the compact segment envelope in terms of styling, driving dynamics, and advanced technologies.
Virtually everything is new with the 2016 Civic – an all-new vehicle architecture, sporty and sophisticated new interior and exterior styling, a more spacious and high-quality cabin, advanced engines, and a host of new premium features and technologies.
The taut and tidy proportions of the all-new Civic are complimented and accentuated by its design details including the sleek, swept-back bodylines, its sharp and aggressive face, and its bulging wheel arches. Dimensionally, it’s longer and wider, but lower than before. It rides on a longer wheelbase with wider front and rear tracks. The fascia consists of the trademark Honda solid wing grille that runs the entire width flanked by signature LED lighting that includes both daytime running lights and headlights. At the back, it’s distinguished by its distinctive C-shaped “light-pipe” LED taillights. The range-topping RS Turbo variant adds the prerequisite badging along with unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a gloss black front grille, wing-type trunk spoiler, chrome door handles, and LED fog lights.
The 2016 Civic is designed to set a new bar in dynamic performance in the compact sedan category, aiming to surpass the current offerings and even challenging luxury-class C-segment vehicles. In that regard, Honda engineers have worked on areas such as steering feel, handling precision, ride quality, and NVH. And every element of its design and technology has been optimized for this task.
As its name suggests, the RS Turbo gets a brand-new DOHC VTEC engine with direct injection and a low-inertia mono scroll turbo that delivers a maximum output of 173 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 216 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. An electrically-controlled wastegate allows boost pressure to be precisely controlled. For the lower-end variant, the 1.8-liter engine, with its 141 horsepower and 171 Nm of torque rating, has been retained. Both of these engines are mated to a CVT transmission developed under Earth Dreams Technology. The RS Turbo gives drivers more precise control with paddle shifters.
Ensuring top-notch handling performance, the all-new Civic rides on an all-new platform that’s made up to 59 percent high-strength steel and 14 percent ultra-high-strength steel. This allows it to reduce its weight by 30 kilograms while increasing torsional rigidity by 25.8 percent. And building on the foundation of its ultra-rigid structure, it uses a sophisticated suspension system with the rear multi-link mounted directly to the rear sub-frame. Front and rear hydraulic compliance bushings, commonly reserved for more expensive vehicles, improve ride and reduces vibrations while a dual-pinion electric power steering with variable gear ratio (2.2 turns lock-to-lock) improve low-speed maneuverability. A new Electric Parking Brake (EPB) replaces the conventional handbrake lever with a single switch.
The new interior is designed to match the exciting, modern, and sophisticated exterior styling while providing enhanced comfort, leading-edge technology, and class-leading quality. The dynamic and wide cockpit design boasts of high-class soft-touch materials throughout with the RS Turbo getting a leather steering wheel, shift knob, and seats as standard. The high deck console greatly increases passenger room with the front occupants getting an additional 27 millimeters of leg room compared to before. It also has one of the largest trunks in its class and together with a lower lift over height, larger opening, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats, make for a flexible and capacious compact sedan.
Class-leading ergonomics take center stage on the new Civic. The full-color TFT instrument cluster features a multi-information display for quick browsing of vehicle-related information that’s easily operated through a soft swipe on its Electrostatic Steering Wheel Controls. For audio and entertainment, it’s equipped with a 7-inch Advanced Display Audio (the RS Turbo gets standard GPS navigation) that has advanced touch controls, entertainment features, and smartphone connectivity. Climate controls are also featured on the Display Audio screen. Other key innovations include the Smart Key that incorporates a Remote Engine Start Function that conveniently starts the engine from the outside and turns on its automatic climate control system. It also has a Walk-away Auto Lock Feature which automatically locks all doors when the key fob is moved 2.5 meters away.
Designed to provide high levels of collision performance, the Civic has a full suite of safety features that include driver and passenger SRS airbags (with side and side curtain airbags for the RS Turbo), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HAS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Multi-view Reverse Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, and ISOFIX-equipped rear seats.
Honda Cars Philippines is once again aiming to reclaim the compact car throne with the all-new 2016 Civic. Seeking to realize a dynamic rejuvenation of the Civic nameplate, this all-new sedan represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new-model developments ever undertaken by Honda. The all-new Honda Civic is available in six colors: Cosmic Blue Metallic, Midnight Burgundy Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Rallye Red, and Modern Steel Metallic. It’s available in two variants: the 1.8 E (P 1,088,000) and the RS Turbo (P 1,398,000). All Honda car dealerships nationwide are now accepting reservations for the all-new Civic with deliveries to start by June.