Even as festivities at the Frankfurt Motor Show continues, 2016 Honda Civic sedan has opted to make its first public appearance far away from the commotion. The 10th generation of the popular sedan which is billed by the company as the most ambitious remake in the model’s 43-year history has been unveiled at a special even in Los Angeles, USA.
The new gen sedan derives its design cues from the Civic Coupe concept which was unveiled at the New York Auto Show earlier this year. As far as the appearance goes, there is absolutely nothing that associates the new car with its predecessor. The slow slung front fascia is dominated by an interesting chrome grille which merges into sleek headlamps (optional LEDs). The sporty bumper is full of sharp edges and a contoured bonnet round off the front fascia.
An aerodynamic swooping roofline and pronounced character lines define the sedan’s profile while the rear fascia gets unmissable boomerang taillights, integrated spoiler and a hexagonal license plate enclosure.The multi-layered dashboard design brings a fresh appeal and the standard equipment level has been improved.
The interior too adopts a fresh design. The multi-layered dashboard with compartmentalized instrument console, new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and a touchscreen infotainment system has a sophisticated appeal. Silver inserts at strategic locations break the all-black color themes monotony effectively.
Based on the new platform with improved suspension setup, the 2016 Civic employs brand new engines. The downsized 1.5-litre turbocharged direction injection petrol engine mated to a CVT is claimed to produce around 30 hp more the older 1.8-litre motor it replaces. That puts the power output around 173 PS. The base 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine is now tuned to deliver 158 PS and can be had either with a 6-speed manual or a CVT.
Equipment level includes an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlamps, regular safety equipment and improved set of standard features.
The 2016 Honda Civic will make its sales debut in the US later this year. Honda Cars India is expected to relaunch the Toyota Corolla rival here in its new avatar sometime in the later part of next year.