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10th generation Civic to debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

The lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell is the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques

The all-new tenth-generation Honda Civic will be revealed at the upcoming Paris Motor Show (October 1st- 16th) and it is the result of the largest single model development programme in the company’s history.

The Civic is a core model for Honda in Europe and has been at the heart of the brand’s strong sales in the region. The development team targeted a ‘dynamic rejuvenation’ of Civic, employing “new thinking and new approaches to body construction, vehicle aerodynamics and chassis design”.

Building on its 40-year heritage, the car stays true to the original Civic concept of “a car for all people, a car for the world”, but with a renewed focus on rewarding driving dynamics.

The purposeful silhouette aims to emphasise the car’s sporty character: it is wider, longer and lower than any of its predecessors, with short overhangs and taut lines that reference its aerodynamic efficiency.

The lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell is the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques and complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated new suspension system in contributing directly to an “engaging and fun driving experience”.

The entirely new interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, and high-grade materials. A lower seating position, says Honda, gives the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car, while the second-generation of Honda’s infotainment and connectivity system – Connect – incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

The interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, and high-grade materials
The interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, and high-grade materials

Two all-new VTEC TURBO petrol engines have been developed specifically to deliver ‘a powerful, engaging and efficient driving experience’.

The new Civic is the first model in Europe to offer Honda’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder and 1.5 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engines. Both engines will be available with either a newly-designed six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic.

The three-cylinder 1.0 litre VTEC TURBO unit delivers “a significant improvement in everyday driveability, thanks to greater torque at low and mid-range engine speeds”. Maximum torque of 200Nm with the six-speed manual is available at 2,250rpm, and 180Nm with the CVT is available between 1,700rpm and 4,500rpm. Maximum power is 129PS (95kW) at 5,500rpm.

The larger four-cylinder 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO engine provides substantially greater performance – in power and torque – over the previous Civic’s 1.8-litre VTEC. Maximum power is 182PS (134kW) at 5,500rpm (at 6,000rpm with CVT). With the six-speed manual, 240Nm maximum torque is delivered between 1,900rpm and 5,000rpm. With the CVT, 220Nm is delivered between 1,700rpm and 5,500rpm.

Safety is taken care of by the ‘Honda Sensing’ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies, which uses a combination of radar and camera information, plus a host of high-tech sensors to warn and assist the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios.

The car boasts class-leading body rigidity and stiffness, and in line with Honda’s ‘Safety for Everyone’ philosophy, the same passive and active safety systems are included across all grades of the new Civic.

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS): helps to bring the car to a stop if the system determines that a collision with a vehicle detected in front is unavoidable.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW): scans the road ahead to warn drivers of a potential collision, and provides visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions to avoid a crash.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW): will detect if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM): uses data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering off the road. It uses the Electric Power Steering (EPS) to apply subtle corrections to keep the vehicle in its lane, and in certain situations can also apply braking force.

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane, by detecting road markings and making small steering adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): allows the driver to set a desired speed and following distance from a vehicle detected ahead.
Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR): detects and automatically recognises road signs and displays the signs on the car’s instrument binnacle.

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA): combines the automatic speed limit set by the driver with TSR to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that indicated by the last road sign.
Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC): Predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ on multi-lane highways.

Other safety technologies include Blind Spot Information, which uses radar technology to automatically detect and alert of vehicles in the driver’s blind spot; Cross Traffic Monitor: uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing and Multi-angle rear view mirror, which provides the driver with options for complete visibility when reversing (a normal 130 degree view, a wide 180 degree view and a top-down view).

Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering, and Indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

The new platform’s design, the selection of materials and the engineering process have been key to creating a lighter, significantly more rigid structure. It is 16kg lighter than the previous generation Civic, but with 52 per cent greater torsional stiffness.

The body’s assembly process involves an innovative high-efficiency joining technique. The entire inner frame is assembled first, followed by the outer frame, and then the joints. This defies the conventional method of body frame assembly, which sees the outer frame assembled first, followed by inner assembly and the joints. “This new production technology contributes greatly to the overall stiffness of the body” says Honda.

At the front, a lower-arm-type MacPherson strut suspension provides high lateral rigidity for linear handling, and low longitudinal rigidity for optimised ride compliance. At the rear there’s an all-new multi-link suspension set-up and new rigid subframe which deliver ‘high stability for superior ride comfort and linear handling’.

Helped in part by a longer, wider platform and 30mm longer wheelbase, occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space.

The driving position is 35mm lower than in the previous generation Civic while an improvement in forward visibility is created by an improvement in the angle of the eyeline to the road; the A-pillar width has been narrowed by 9mm to provide a class-leading 84.3 degree arc of view – it also creates an open and airy feel to the cabin.

Boot space remains class-leading in terms of volume (478 litres), the rear seats split/fold 60:40, and the low sill height and wide boot opening (1,120mm) combine with the flat boot floor to make the loading of heavy, wide and long items easy. A hidden underfloor compartment offers a further secure storage area.

The car is expected in Cyprus showrooms in Spring next year.

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