Honda unveils new Civic: Car Goes On Sale In Fall

Honda unveils new Civic : Car Goes On Sale In Fall
Honda unveils new Civic : Car Goes On Sale In Fall

Honda Motor Co. has unveiled the new 2016 Civic small car on Wednesday as part of its effort to revive the sedan model amid the rising popularity of sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

This time around, Honda isn’t resting on any laurels with the Civic lineup. The sedan is the first of a handful of new models; in the next few months, Honda will unveil the coupe and Si. True to the rumours, the five-door hatchback will return to North America, giving competitors like the five-door Ford Focus, Mazda3 Sport and the Volkswagen Golf a run for their money.

Oh, and the Type R is officially coming to North America.

In the base LX and mid-range EX, power comes from a normally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. It can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. For the first time in North America, Honda is offering a 1.5-litre, direct-injected turbo-four, available in EX-T, EX-L and Touring models. The CVT is the only transmission available with this engine, but we’re hoping Honda considers adding a manual later on.

Horsepower and torque specs are still under wraps, but Honda says the 2.0-litre engine is “the most powerful base engine” offered on a Civic, while the turbo-four should make the Civic the most powerful non-Si model yet. Both are expected to return more than 40 mpg.

The jury is still out over how the 2016 Civic will drive, but Honda promises better handling, more responsive steering, a cushier and quieter ride, and less weight. The Civic is 25 per cent stiffer and about 30 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model, thanks to more high-strength steel used in the chassis.

Outside, the Civic is reworked with more comely sheet metal compared to the outgoing model, aiming for a sportier look with shorter overhangs, a fastback-like silhouette and a more aggressive front fascia. The Civic gains LED lighting all around, including standard LED daytime running lights and tail lights, as well as optional LED headlights.

For 2016, Honda promises a more upscale cabin with high-quality materials and more available technology, including Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system with a seven-inch display. The awkward two-tier dash layout is gone and there’s more headroom, legroom and cargo space. Standard equipment is also beefed up with automatic climate control, one-touch power windows up front and an electronic parking brake with a built-in hill holder, to name just a few goodies.

Naturally, Honda will offer its suite of active safety technologies on the 2016 Civic. This includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and adaptive cruise control – a segment-first.