2016 Honda Civic revealed in the USA, Might come to India
The Honda Civic was discontinued in India some time back. The D-segment sedan has always been one of the most important products for the company in the international market. With the current ninth-generation model having completed its lifetime, Honda has just revealed the tenth-generation model in Los Angeles, USA.
Dimensionally, the new Civic is 25mm lower, 51mm wider and has a 30mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor. Starting with the aesthetics, the front end is reminiscent of the Honda portfolio with a thick chrome slat running through the centre of the grille. The front bumper looks sporty and the headlights get the option of an LED setup. The side profile is very sporty as well owing to the coupe-like roofline that looks very aggressive (rear headroom might be hampered as a result). The 5-spoke alloy wheels looks sleek and quite premium as well. The C-shaped LED taillights are placed on the rear end that looks a bit similar to the previous generation Prius (no offence meant). Boot space has increased by a good 73 litres.
Mechanically, the 2016 Honda Civic will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged, direct-injection, in-line four-cylinder petrol engine that is supposed to output about 30 HP more than the current 1.8-litre’s 173 HP. The engine will come mated to a CVT automatic transmission. The other engine option includes a 2.0-litre petrol engine (i-VTEC) that will churn out 158 HP with the option of a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission. The Type R model that will be limited to the USA will offer an impressive 306 BHP of power thanks to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor.
Disc brakes have been given to all the four wheels along with the Japanese car maker’s Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology. Feature wise, the cabin will see the introduction of a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Interior materials will be upgraded and the instrument cluster will get a TFT unit right in the middle.
The 2016 Honda Civic will most likely not be launched in the Indian subcontinent given the sluggish market here. However, Honda might have a few surprises up its sleeves and might bring the sedan to our country with the addition of a diesel heart as well.