The first generation Honda Civic was launched in 1972 and there have been eight generations of Civics that have succeeded thereafter. Evolving from a humble compact car to a recognized brand name that is now world renowned, the Civic has matured gracefully. In a special event from Los Angeles that was broadcast on YouTube, Honda officially announced the 10th generation Civic to a global audience.
The 2016 Honda Civic was given a complete makeover by Honda and they mean business. The all-new Civic has a bolder and sleeker appearance, a new chassis, two new engines, fitted with new technology, and a new body style for America – a five-door hatchback.
The sedan model will kick-off the range of models soon to be released, followed by the coupe, performance-inspired Si models, the 5-door hatchback, and then bringing it to a crescendo with a Civic Type R.
Two new Honda engines breathe new life to the Civic line-up. The base engine for the sedan LX and EX trims will be a 2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A 1.5-liter direct-injection and turbocharged 4-cylinder – the first turbocharged engine on a U.S. model – will be paired with a CVT and available in the EX-T, EX-L and Touring trims.
At the global debut of the new car, Honda PR boss Save Marie announced that the base 2.0-liter engine would make 158 hp while the turbocharged 1.5-liter will deliver 174-hp.
Honda also said that both engines “are targeted to receive EPA highway fuel economy ratings in excess of 40 mpg” now that the Civic body has lost 68 pounds and gaining a 12 percent improvement in aerodynamics.
Honda has been teasing us about the coming of a new Civic since its announcement at the New York Auto Show. Here is a walk-around video of the new Civic sedan by HondaPro Jason.