|The all-new, 10th-generation Honda Civic’s design process has been the cumulative efforts of pertinent Honda associates worldwide, led by Honda America, as well as Honda’s R&D, Sales and Manufacturing in Japan, Europe, South America and Asia.|
The objective is to derive an affordable, compact car, with emphasis on costs, fuel efficiency and overall package. Hence, the 10th-gen Civic is a completely re-imagined and reinvented and regarded as the sportiest Civic ever. Virtually everything about the 2016 Civic Sedan is new: an all-new vehicle architecture, exterior styling, sophisticated interior with a more spacious and high-quality cabin, a host of premium features and technologies, and two advanced engines.
In looks, the Civic is lower and wider thanks to a short front overhang and long rear deck. The large wheels and tyres, meanwhile, give the Civic its sporty demeanor. Other exterior highlights include swept-back bodylines, sharp and aggressive face, protruding wheel arches and an overall sleek persona. A longer wheelbase attributes to the car’s extended cabin, which now entails 97.8 cubic feet. That means ample headroom, legroom, and shoulder and side head clearance.
Here’s what Honda has done to make the Civic sleeker and more aerodynamic: full underbody covering, front and rear wheel strakes, optimized rear exhaust silencers and aero-efficient engine compartment. All these combine for a 12 percent improvement for coefficient drag (Cd).
In addition, an 84.3 degrees of forward visibility is aided by a new, ultra-thin A-pillar design, which is 18.2 mm (0.72 inch) narrower than the A-pillar in the outgoing Civic. Even the forward visibility of rear-seat occupants is taken into account, as the new Civic features newly shaped front seatbacks and a smaller head restraint. More legroom for the driver is made possible by the reduced intrusion of the instrument panel into the driver’s knee space, while rear-seat foot room is improved by a 27 mm (1.1 inches) wider space between the front seat rails. Trunk room has also been significantly increased, by 2.6 cubic-feet to 15.1 cubic-feet, among the largest in the Civic variant.
Along with a new center console and up to 7.2 liters of compact storage space, the Civic is all about ergonomics. The 2016 Civic Sedan in EX and above trims incorporates a new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen that serves as the nerve center for control of audio, HVAC and other functions. The new Display Audio is integrated with new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms, providing seamless integration of smartphone features and functions.
As this preliminary stage, Honda has revealed that the Civic is offered in two engine platforms, the 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter turbocharged. There are two trims included for the Civic 2.0-liter, the LX and EX, while the EX-T and EX-L are designated for the 1.5-liter turbo Civic. The top-of-the-line in the range is the Civic Touring, which is intended to target the upper side of the compact segment.