Honda has officially unveiled the next generation of the Civic four-door model. Experiments with the defiant design have been completed, the previous platform has been improved, the rear multi-link has been preserved, the interior is decorated in a new style, and the motors have remained the same.
The exterior of the new Honda Civic has ceased to be a secret exactly two weeks before the full presentation of the model. The sedan in the version for the American market looks more strict and solid in comparison with its predecessor: straight lines and smooth texture prevail, in general, the car is perceived as wider and squat. The bases of the A-pillars are set back 5 cm, the bonnet is longer, and the shape of the boot lid is accentuated by a playful corner.
However, the numbers speak for themselves: the new Civic is only 33 mm longer than the previous one (4674 mm), and the width (1801 mm) and height (1415 mm) have not changed at all. Partly the visual effect of width is given by narrow LED lighting technology, and impressive proportions are formed by the wheelbase increased by 36 mm (up to 2736 mm) and the rear track widened by 13 mm.
The redesigned platform provides multi-link rear suspension for all sedan versions. The front aluminum subframe has become even lighter, new hinges have been introduced into the design, and the body has become 8% stiffer, which should positively affect the noise and vibration load, as well as the car’s handling.
The interior is decorated in accordance with the new philosophy of “simplicity and something”. The salon surprises with minimalism and an original grille across the entire width of the front panel instead of separate ventilation deflectors. The direction of airflow is adjusted with tiny joysticks, the basic dashboard combines a dial-up speedometer and a 7-inch display, but inexpensive trim levels, for the first time, a virtual tidy will appear on a 10.2-inch screen.
The media system is also presented in two display variations: with a diagonal of seven or nine inches. Available Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. And the list of additional options adds a Bose audio system with twelve speakers and wireless charging for smartphones.
The Honda Sensing safety system is standard on the new Civic. It integrates automatic braking and other assistants by using a front-facing, wide-angle, high-resolution camera instead of radar.
Another “eleventh” Civic was the first of the Honda cars to receive innovative airbags, which were previously installed on more expensive cars of the Acura brand. The driver’s airbag is donut-shaped and the front passenger airbag is divided into three vertical sections. They prevent the driver’s and passenger’s heads from slipping off during a collision.
Engines on the American model remain from the previous generation. The base unit is a 2.0-liter “aspirated” 160 hp. and 187 Nm. For a change, an updated “turbo-four” with a volume of 1.5 liters is also offered, with a VTEC phase change system at the inlet and outlet. Power was increased from 176 to 182 hp and torque was increased from 220 to 240 Nm. Both engines work with a variator.
North American sedans will soon begin production at the Honda of Canada plant in Alliston. The new hatchback will arrive a couple of months behind and will be assembled for the first time at the company’s Indiana plant. The start of sales is scheduled for the summer of 2021.
Following the base sedan in the LX, Sport, EX and Touring trim levels, there will be a “heated” version of the Civic Si. The hatchback will also have a sporty Type R modification.