Civic grows in tenth it­er­a­tion

NZ Autocar - - Fyi -

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.

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