Honda is exhibiting the 10th-generation Civic Hatchback at the Paris Motor Show as the main representation of their most important model in all of Europe. For many European customers the Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand and the development team targeted a dynamic rejuvenation of Civic.
The Honda Civic Hatchback in its tenth generation form adorns a purposeful silhouette that makes a confident statement about the car’s sporty character. Wider, longer, and lower than any of its predecessors, the new Civic HB has short overhangs and taut lines that reference the high levels of aerodynamic efficiency. At front, the model has sharp and aggressive contemporary interpretation of Honda’s family ‘face’, incorporating signature Honda front headlight clusters with DRLs (LED or halogen). Additionally, a pronounced wheel-arches and sculpted front and rear intakes hint at the Civic’s sporting character.
To elaborate, the Civic HB’s athletic look starts with low and wide proportions which reflect an increased footprint. The hatchback is 30 mm wider and 130 mm longer than the previous-generation five-door Civic. The car is 20 mm lower than its forebear, creating a sleek roofline.
The sleek and swept-back body contour lines continue along the flanks of the car, with a swage line which bisects front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. The rear bumper’s sharp creases and sculpted air outlets complete a dramatic and sporty look. Finally, new larger and wider wheels and tyres further emphasize the wide stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sweeping cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.
The entirely new interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, exceptional refinement and high-grade materials with a lower seating position to give the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car. The second-generation of Honda’s infotainment and connectivity system (Connect) incorporates CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Aided in part by a longer, wider platform and 30 mm longer wheelbase, occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space in which to enjoy the premium fit and finish. The driving position is 35 mm lower than in the previous generation Civic to create a more secure, enveloped feeling for the driver and front passenger. An improvement in forward visability is created by a one degree improvement in the angle of the eyeline to the road, while the A-pillar width is narrowed by 9mm to provide a class-leading 84.3 degree arc of view.
Front shoulder room has been increased by 10 mm, and space between the front seats has increased by 30 mm. Rear seat shoulder room in the hatchback is up by 20 mm, while passengers in the back will also enjoy 95 mm more legroom, as well as 45 mm more knee clearance. Comfort for outboard occupants in the rear is improved by adjustable seat base cushions, and ingress and egress for all passengers is now easier than ever. Boot space of 478 liters gives the Civic its class leading nomination in the segment.
A light, airy feeling is further accomplished with the large tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof (available on higher grade models). Its overall interior is instilled a sophisticated, premium ambience and plentiful of offerings and amenities such as; a one-piece soft-touch instrument panel with moulded stitching, premium seat fabrics, center console with piano black finish, 7-inch touchscreen, two-tier storage tray, overhead LED lighting, contrasting silver panel and uncluttered ventilation controls.
In front of the driver, a completely new instrument display layout provides vivid clarity and highly intuitive usability. A new seven-inch color TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) display makes up the largest central section of the new reconfigured instrument binnacle. Scrolling and selecting the information to display in the DII is performed via thumbpad controls on the left spoke of the steering.
Honda Civic Hatchback engine options
The new Civic hatchback is the first model in Europe to offer Honda’s 1.0 liter three-cylinder and 1.5 liter four-cylinder gasoline turbocharged engines. Both engines will be available with either a newly-designed six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic. The three-cylinder 1.0 liter VTEC TURBO gasoline unit delivers a significant improvement in everyday driveability, thanks to greater torque at low and mid-range engine speeds. Maximum torque of 200 Nm with the six-speed manual is available at 2,250 rpm, and 180 Nm with the CVT is available between 1,700 rpm and 4,500 rpm. Maximum power is 129 PS (95 kW) at 5,500 rpm.
The larger four-cylinder 1.5-liter VTEC TURBO gasoline engine provides substantially greater performance, in power and torque, over the previous Civic’s 1.8-liter VTEC. Maximum power is 182 PS (134 kW) at 5,500 rpm (at 6,000 rpm with CVT). With the six-speed manual, 240 Nm maximum torque is delivered between 1,900 rpm and 5,000 rpm. With the CVT, 220 Nm is delivered between 1,700 rpm and 5,500 rpm.
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies specified across the range ensures the car is among the very safest in its class. Also, the Honda Sensing suite of active safety and driver assist technologies will be specified across the new Civic range. The Tecn. suite includes: Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Information, Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), TPMS and Multi-angle rear view mirror.
Honda Civic hatchback takes up Honda’s advanced platform for optimized chassis dynamics. In addition, an all-new suspension, a lower center of gravity and a boost in body rigidity help give this latest generation Civic engaging driving characteristics. Ride comfort is exemplary as a result of exhaustive development and a focus on compliance-boosting techniques and technologies. At the front, lower-arm-type front MacPherson strut suspension provides high lateral rigidity for linear handling, while at the rear, an all-new rear multi-link suspension set-up and new rigid subframe deliver high stability for much improved ride comfort and linear handling.