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