Well gang the moment’s finally arrived and we’re getting our first official glimpse of the new 2016 Honda Civic Sedan. The automaker took the wraps off the revamped four-door on Wednesday in Detroit and hopes its redesign gets people excited about the backbone of the Honda lineup again.
The Civic Sedan was due for another overhaul, after the last one in 2012 fell flat. It’s the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the U.S. market, which is the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic’s 43-year history.
“This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we’ve ever done,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “We are bringing more new technology and innovative thinking to Civic than ever before to establish a new benchmark for fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance and refinement in the compact class.”
Here’s what else is new. The 2016 Civic will feature two all-new 4-cylinder engines – including the first-ever use of a Honda turbo engine in the U.S. It’s also sportier because it’s wider and sits lower to the ground than the current model. By the numbers, the 2016 version is nearly 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase. In terms of gas mileage, company execs say it’ll get more than 40 mpg on the highway.
Exterior wise, you’ll notice a more compact and sporty front overhang, a longer, more aggressively sculpted hood and fastback-style tail. There is also a significant use of LED lighting in the new styling.
“The new Civic really is the embodiment of our global design team’s goal of styling a dramatic form that follows and speaks to the dynamic function of this ambitious redesign,” said Jarad Hall, Senior Exterior Designer and project leader of the Civic Sedan, Honda R&D Americas. “The low and wide proportions, with the wheels pushed to the outmost corners, emphasize the Civic’s dynamic handling prowess and give the car a crouched and muscular look, like a tiger ready to pounce.”
The Civic Sedan isn’t short on technology either. It comes with Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Connectivity-wise it will be compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a new 7-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen, like the one you’ll also find in the 2016 Honda Accord.
The new Honda Civic will go on sale this fall. The automaker hopes the Civic will continue generate about 800,000 sales annually.