NEW CIVIC

Will this be the very first of the new Hon­das for In­dia? We’ll find out at the forth­com­ing Auto Expo

Evo India - - CONTENTS - WORDS by ANINDA SAR­DAR

HONDA SEEMS TO HAVE fi­nally shaken off its stu­por and wo­ken up with a vengeance. On the side­lines of the all-elec­tric ex­cite­ment in Tokyo, the com­pany’s pavilion also qui­etly dis­played a red Civic sedan that is of great in­ter­est to us. Sure, the black hatch­back next to it seemed more wicked, but it is the one with the three-box de­sign that is likely to be headed for In­dia. We will even stick our necks out and wa­ger that you will be see­ing the new gen­er­a­tion of the much loved Civic at the Honda pavilion at the up­com­ing Auto Expo.

The new gen­er­a­tion car fea­tures an all-new uni­body plat­form in which the se­lec­tion of light­weight, high ten­sile ma­te­ri­als and the man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques have re­sulted in a lighter and more rigid struc­ture. The new Civic’s chas­sis is now 16kg lighter than be­fore and Honda says that tor­sional stiff­ness has im­proved by 52 per cent. As a re­sult of this, the Civic’s over­all weight is re­duced by 16 per cent while tor­sional rigid­ity has im­proved by 23 per cent.

The new Civic also boasts of an all-new sus­pen­sion and a lower cen­tre of grav­ity – to this end even the fuel tank has been re­lo­cated, which should im­prove agility. The floor of the car is also 20mm lower than be­fore so that the driver can ex­pe­ri­ence The Thrill of Driv­ing by be­ing closer to the road. How­ever,

The new Civic’s chas­sis is now 16kg lighter than be­fore and Honda says that tor­sional stiff­ness has im­proved by 52 per cent

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