The currently sold ninth generation Honda Civic arrived in 2011 and is due to enter tenth generation later this year. Here are 5 significant details we know about the all-new model:
The 10th-generation 2016 Honda Civic will be based on a new compact platform, of which the company hasn’t announced a fancy name (just yet). The platform targets new peak levels of dynamic performance, efficiency, safety and manufacturing productivity. For the first time, the Civic’s global development is being led by the company’s North American R&D team.
2. Design & Styling
The new generation will see a radical redesign. The design and styling will be largely identical to the Civic Concept that was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show as the concept. The ninth-gen model is said to have a boring design but that won’t be the case with the next one. The designing is led by a team from the company’s Los Angeles design studio.
3. Body styles & Production
The 2016 Honda Civic will be available in 2 bodystyles – sedan and coupe. Sportier ‘Si’ variants will also be available. The standard North American-spec sedan will be built at Honda’s plant in Greensburg, Indiana in USA, and in Alliston, Ontario in Canada. The Coupe version and both the Si variants will also be manufactured in Alliston.
4. Engine & Transmission options
The 2016 Civic will get new engines featuring Earth Dreams Technology, including a new 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine with direct injection. Transmission choices for the new turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will include a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, and a new, sportier and more efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The standard variants would likely have naturally aspirated engine options too, while the Si variants could feature the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine from the Civic Type-R.
5. Safety & Assistance features
The 2016 Honda Civic will have “class-leading levels of safety performance”. It will be offered with the Honda Sensing safety and driver assistance technology package, featuring Adaptive Cruise Control, Honda LaneWatch, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. The all-new model will feature the company’s next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.
The 2016 Honda Civic will go on sale in the U.S. market this fall.