The new Honda Civic is all grown up

The Tribune (NZ) - - MID WEEK MOTORING -

The lit­tle Honda Civic not so lit­tle any more.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1973 when the orig­i­nal Civic boasted a wheel­base of just 2.2 me­tres, the 10th gen­er­a­tion, un­veiled to New Zealand’s mo­tor­ing me­dia at the Hamp­ton Downs cir­cuit in Waikato on Thurs­day has stretched out to 2.7m.

Other di­men­sions have grown ac­cord­ingly, with the new-look sedan is now over­all 4.6m long and 1.79m wide.

The Civic is not only long in mea­sure­ment with it be­ing Honda’s longest run­ning name­plate and its largest seller glob­ally with over 700,000 sold in over 170 mar­kets.

Honda touts the new 10th gen­er­a­tion as the ‘‘sporti­est Civic ever’’ and New Zealand’s model line-up is the four-cylin­der 1.8-litre S (140kW and 174 New­ton me­tres of torque) and the Turbo, RS Turbo and NT Turbo.

En­try level is the non turbo Civic S to be priced at $29,900 while the Civic Turbo is $34,500, the RS Turbo $39,900 and the top spec NT Turbo $42,900.

The Civic has un­der­gone sig­nif­i­cant styling changes from the ninth gen­er­a­tion and the sleek­ness is set to be a styling win­ner.

The new Civic gen­er­ates less drag than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion and gains made in wind tun­nel test­ing mean there is a 22 per cent re­duc­tion through the ef­fi­cient man­age­ment of un­der­body and en­gine bay air­flow.

For the first time, Honda’s ‘‘Sens­ing’’ suite of safety and drive tech­nolo­gies are avail­able on the Civic, al­beit only on the top of the line NT Turbo. These in­clude lane keep as­sist, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, forward col­li­sion warn­ing, road de­par­ture mit­i­ga­tion, adap­tive cruise con­trol and col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion brak­ing sys­tem. It also has ABS, electronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion, ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity as­sist with trac­tion con­trol and ag­ile han­dling as­sist.

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Honda’s new Civic RS Turbo.

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