Honda Reveals Longer, Lower, Wider 2016 Civic, Now in Turbo Flavor
Honda broadcasted Wednesday night its all-new, 10th-generation Civic that’s longer, lower and wider than the current model and looks nothing like the cheap car I drove through college.
The 2016 Honda Civic will sport a 2-liter or 1.5-liter turbocharged engine up front, leather seats in the middle and fastback styling at the rear for a full about-face from its current model. Most models will be mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, although a six-speed manual will be available at the base, LX trim with the naturally aspirated 2-liter mill. Honda will also offer a sportier Civic Si, ahead of a Type R model — which will be the first time that model will be sold in the U.S.
The car is two inches wider, one inch lower and its wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than the outgoing model. Honda didn’t say how much the car would cost when it goes on sale later this year.
Up front, the car sports a grille that looks familiar (Acura via Honda Accord) and “boomerang” tail lamps in the back. The Civic Coupe, which will be unveiled later, is likely to carry most of the fastback styling from the sedan.
Starting with the LX and EX models, Honda will stuff a 2-liter four up front, and offer a manual transmission only on the base LX trim. EX-T, EX-L and Touring trims will receive the 1.5-liter turbocharged four with direct injection mated to a CVT. Honda didn’t specify the output of either mill, but the force-fed four will probably range between 170 horsepower and 180 horsepower.
According to Honda, the incoming Civic will be 25 percent stiffer and 68 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. A revised multi-link suspension is mounted to a new rear subframe and brake-assisted torque vectoring will help improve handling. The Civic will also sport hydraulic bushings to improve road manners.
Inside, the car will add 3.7 cubes of interior space thanks to a slightly stretched wheelbase, including two additional inches of rear legroom. Honda added more space in the trunk, which now accommodates 14.3 cubic feet of cargo.
The Civic can also be had with leather hides, dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen and all the tach you can handle.
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