Civic grows in tenth iteration
Honda showed off this styling concept of the new-gen Civic hatch at Geneva recently. As you can see, the tenth generation model will be bigger than the current car and will be one of the largest in its class when it launches here later in the year. It is said to be 30mm wider, 130mm longer and 20mm lower than the current five-door hatch. The new proportions give the Civic a more dynamic look. The concept is, as they say, close to production ready, and you just have to look at the already-released production versions of the sedan and coupe to see which bits will and won’t make it to the showroom. Whereas the previous generation of Civic sedan and hatch models were quite different, this time around they will be more closely related, and all built for this side of the world in Thailand.
The larger physical dimensions will mean more interior space, though there has been no hint as to what the cabin looks like yet. It’s expected to be similar to that of the sedan, however.
This Civic will introduce us to Honda’s new range of turbocharged VTEC engines, which include a three-cylinder 1.0-litre, and a 1.5-litre four, the latter having around 130kW. There is a six-speed manual transmission but NZ models are likely to be exclusively mated to a CVT auto.
It’s expected we’ll get both the sedan and hatch variants, the fourdoor arriving first, followed by the hatch towards the end of the year.