Radical new Honda Civic goes public
Already a regular top ten seller in North America where it has been on sale since November last year, Honda South Africa has revealed spec and pricing details of its much talked about and radically different tenth generation Civic.
First shown as a concept at the New York International Auto Show in May, the newcomer will initially be available only as a coupe-inspired four-door fastback sedan with a hatch expected to go on sale next year, while the coupe is likely to remain stateside.
Based on a brand new lightweight platform and boasting a longer wheelbase (30 mm) than the outgoing model, as well as being 20 mm lower, the new Civic adopts a sleeker and more striking appearance with a wider stance and shorter overhangs aimed at giving a sportier look.
Drawing inspiration from the recently discontinued CR-Z hybrid sports coupe, the rear assumes a more rounded look with distinctive boomerang-like LED lights that wraps around the wing before cutting into the bootlid.
Inside, the Civic features what Honda calls “'Daring ACE Design” which is intended to combine high quality materials with an ergonomically sound and intuitive centre console, that also offers a sporty and comfortable driving position. To this end, the two-tier dash layout makes way for single unit with most of the audio controls moving to a seven-inch touchscreen display similar to that of the Jazz and HR-V, but one which also incorporates Apple CarPlay and Andorid Auto.
On higher spec versions, the Civic can also be have with a segment first smart key system known as Walk Away Auto Lock, which automatically locks the doors when the key is 2.5-metres away.
As well as offering more rear leg room (+55 mm), a bigger boot (+20%) and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels than before, the Civic also sees the introduction of a raft of new safety items such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Following, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning and Lane watch with side-sensing cameras.
In addition, it also debuts with Honda’s new Agile Handling Assist system which integrates with the standard stability control to maintain control without, according to Honda, scarifying on driving enjoyment.
While known for its adversity towards forced induction small displacement engines, the Civic’s previous normally aspirated 1.8-litre unit, which remains on entry-level models, makes way for a brand new 1.5-litre VTEC turbo as the new flagship.
Incorporating Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology, the new mill produces 127 kW and 220 N.m of torque with the old 1.8 again making 104 kW and 174 N.m. Somewhat more controversially, a seven-step CVT with paddle shifters replaces the previous torque-converter five-speed automatic with no manual option available for now.
Combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.9 L/100 km for the turbo and 6.3 L/100 km for the 1.8, with emissions peaking at 140 g/km and 150 g/km respectively.
A five year / 200 000 warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is standard on all models.
|1.8 Comfort CVT||104 kW / 174 N.m||R330 000|
|1.8 Elegance CVT||104 kW / 174 N.m||R370 000|
|1.5T Sport CVT||127 kW / 220 N.m||R430 000|
|1.5T Executive CVT||127 kW / 220 N.m||R460 000|
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