The tenth generation 2016 Honda Civic that was unveiled in September is now on sale and available with two engines – 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder gasoline and 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline. The former produces 158 hp and 138 lb.-ft. of torque and can be had with either 6-speed manual gearbox or CVT gearbox, while the latter produces 174 hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque and can he only with CVT gearbox.
With the model year 2017 update, the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine will become available 6-speed manual transmission, a screenshot of a Honda parts manufacturer’s presentation confirms. The presentation screenshot, courtesy of CivicX forums member G26okie, reads: “Note: 6 Speed MT will not be available with the 1.5L Turbo Engine in 2016 … the release has been delayed to MY2017.” It suggests that Honda did plan to offer it from MY2016, but had to postpone it due to some reason.
Before the all-new Civic sedan gets its first model year update, its coupe version, 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, will go on sale March 2016. The 2017 model year update would likely also include introduction of Si performance variants for both Civic sedan and Civic Coupe. Both are expected to go on sale by around late 2016 or early 2017 in the U.S. market.