Prepare yourself! The mean green Honda Civic machine is back and sportier than ever!
“The new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we’ve ever made,” said John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “In every way, this will be an epic Civic.”
Honda isn’t giving an exact date of when the 10th-generation will go on sale, but we do know it will be sometime this Fall. First, the U.S. will get the Sedan followed by the Coupe and SI models. These will be followed with the hatchback’s return to America sometime in 2016, which will be imported from Swindon, England. The anticipated flagship Type-R performance model will also arrive on U.S. shores for the first time next year.
Despite its lack of sportiness, the 9th-generation Civic was the best-selling small car in America for its three model years from 2012-2015, selling at an excess of 300,000 each year. However, momentum slipped three percent last year when the Civic settled into second place behind the Toyota Corolla.
Honda hopes to regain its lead with a return-to-its-roots sportier design that includes taillights that stretch in a distinguished arch on the rear. The Civic gets a longer wheelbase, a lower and wider stance, a shorter rear deck, a longer hood, shorter front overhangs, a more set-back greenhouse, and the trademark Honda grille with lower air intakes which will all be capped off with new LED lights. The darkened windows on the concept prevented glimpses of what the interior looks like, but exterior sportiness is the focus here.
The Civic will be equipped with the new 1.5-liter direct injection VTEC Turbo Engine from the Earth Dreams Technology powertrain series to get the job done. Drivers will get the usual choice of a short-shift 6-speed manual transmission or CVT. Meanwhile, the Type-R, billed as a race car for the road, is expected to have a 2.0-liter turbo engine with 300 horsepower.
Safety features on the 10th-generation model lineup will include Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Honda Lane Watch, and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.
Stay tuned for official Civic sale dates.