Honda’s all-new Civic Concept debuted to much fanfare at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, igniting excitement for the 10th-generation of the model lineup. The redesign marked a new direction in style, as well as a new powertrain, new platform, and an expansion to the Civic lineup. Along with updates to the Civic Sedan, Coupe, and Si models, Honda announced that it will be reintroducing a new Civic 5-door to the U.S. lineup, followed by the launch of the new Civic Type-R. The new Civic will be the first to feature new VTEC turbo engines from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrain series.
The aggressive, yet refined update to the Civic Concept features a more intense front fascia and a longer hood and wheelbase. With the vehicle’s wider, lower stance, the 10th generation design is bold and athletic, complemented by new LED headlights and 20-inch wheels.
“Charismatic, connected and athletic, our goal was to create a design that is emotional and sporty yet with a sense of timelessness and simplicity,” said Guy Melville-Brown, who led the design team for the exterior of the 2016 Civic concept. “In this we set out to create a vehicle that goes beyond the superficial and embraces the very philosophy of what a true Civic should be; it’s a real game changer.”
The 2016 Civic leverages a compact platform in order to reach maximum levels of fuel-efficient, dynamic performance in combination with new Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains. This includes a new 1.5-liter VTEC® Turbo engine with direct injection, a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, and a new continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The stylish new Civic will offer the Honda Sensing™ suite of available advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies includes Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Honda LaneWatch™, Forward Collision Warning, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, and Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.
The new Civic marks the first time that global development of both the sedan and coupe models has been led by a North American R&D team, with design led by a team from LA and development centered in Honda’s Raymond, Ohio. Production of the lineup is centered in North America as well. Only production of the reintroduced five-door hatchback will take place at the company’s Swindon, UK plant.
The release of the new Civic will begin this fall. In the words of John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., “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. In every way, this will be an epic Civic.”