NEW DEPARTURE: HONDA ADDS A SALOON TO THE POPULAR CIVIC RANGE
Honda’s Civic has been a favourite hatchback since the early 1970s. Now, for the first time, they’ve added a saloon version
HONDA CIVIC SALOON
WHAT’S NEW? Honda’s all-new Civic was updated for 2017, but this summer the Japanese manufacturer has gone one step further and added a saloon version.
The new model, the first ever fourdoor model in the range uses the same platform as the hatch, and also the same range of engines and transmission. But the simple fact of foraying into saloon territory instead of hatch shows Honda is thinking laterally. Expect other manufacturers who don’t have such an addition to their line-up to follow suit — assuming this experiment is a success, of course.
The existing hatchback range, allnew last year, is the tenth — yes, tenth generation of the Civic, which first appeared back in 1972 Japan. Twenty million plus sales later it’s one of the most enduring vehicles on the car scene, helped by an eye-catching 2006 makeover that introduced revolutionary trapezoidal twin tail pipes and an assertive front end shape. And it’s been constantly evolving ever since. The 2017 renewal brought the car bang up do date, and saw it emerge as lower, longer and wider than its predecessors, and bristling with new tech and safety equipment.
and tyres further emphasise the wide stance, there is a contemporary interpretation of Honda’s family ‘face’, incorporating the signature Honda front headlight clusters. You’ll really only notice the Civic saloon from the side and rear; the familiar upright opening hatchback has been remodelled into a closed boot you’ll see on traditional saloons.
The saloon is wider, longer, and lower than any of its predecessors, with a short front overhang and tauter lines.
A sharp and aggressive ‘ face’ and more pronounced wheel-arches hint at the saloon’s sportingcharacter (although the hatch is pretty sporty, too). The seating position is again lower to give the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car, and the new saloon is said to combine unrivalled passenger and luggage space with versatile, practical usability Otherwise, the cabin is the same as the hatch. All models feature LED daytime running lights; posher models also get fancy LED headlights or projector halogen bulbs. Honda boasts that the new Civic has the best driving experience, yet with a chassis that is 16 kg lighter than that of the previous generation Civic, but with 52% greater torsional stiffness.
All-new suspension, a lower centre of gravity, a boost in body rigidity, and front-end Macpherson strut suspension are all said to add further dimensions to the Civic’s sporty character on the road, all of which appear in the saloon as well as the hatch.