The new Honda Civic is all grown up
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.
Honda’s new Civic RS Turbo.