The Honda Civic celebrates its 50th anniversary with a completely new generation. It will be offered at launch only as a self-charging hybrid, using technology from the CR-V e:HEV, i.e. a two-litre petrol engine operating on the Atkinson cycle, in combination with two electric motors.
The whole is good for a maximum power of 184 hp and a strong torque of 315 Nm. The new model has not yet received WLTP homologation, but Honda prides itself on being able to keep it below 110 g/km, which corresponds to a standard consumption of less than 5 l/100 km. Honda therefore claims that the hybrid powertrain would have a thermal efficiency of 41 percent, which is particularly high for a production gasoline car.
In terms of design, the new Civic again looks a bit more conventional, but the five-door also has a sportier silhouette, especially because the hood is 25 millimeters lower and the A-pillar was pushed further back. The roofline also begins to slope earlier than on the previous model, which, according to Honda, results in a fastback-like look.
The wheelbase of the new Honda Civic is 35 millimeters longer than that of the current generation, which should guarantee more interior space. We cannot say how the body dimensions compare to the current model, as Honda has not yet disclosed them. However, the Japanese are proud that the tailgate is 20 percent lighter, thanks to a new production technology with resin.
Inside we see a pronounced horizontal dashboard, while the quality impression would be a step higher than with the current Civic. The central touch screen has grown to 9 inches and has been raised slightly so that the driver has to keep his eyes off the road less.
As a good Honda, the new Civic also has a reputation to uphold in terms of handling. That expectation should be met with a wider rear track suspension, new ball joints and redesigned front shock absorbers. The new Honda CIvic also promises to be up to date in terms of driver assistance systems and safety equipment, including 11 airbags, including one between the front passengers.
Launch and prices
The new Civic will be offered as Elegance, Sport and Advance and will arrive in European showrooms in the fall. Belgian prices are not yet known.