Honda pulled the wraps off the Honda Civic “Concept” at the New York International Auto Show today. It’s the 10th generation of Honda’s popular compact. We’ve got “Concept” in quotes because Honda usually sticks pretty close to what the production car looks like when it shows a concept.
What Is It?
It’s the 10th time the Honda Civic has undergone a transformation. The brand promises a sharper focus on performance and versatility. The lineup seems to back that up with everything from economy sedans all the way up to the Civic Type R, utilizing a turbocharged VTEC engine for the very first time.
What Honda Is Saying
“The new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we’ve ever made,” said John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “In every way, this will be an epic Civic.”
What’s New for 2016?
- Longer wheelbase and lower, wider stance
- Longer hood, a shorter front overhang, a more set-back greenhouse and a shorter rear deck
- Coupe and Sedan body styles, with Type R and Si performance models
- A new 1.5-liter VTEC® Turbo engine with direct injection, a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission
- Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Honda LaneWatch
When Does It Go On Sale?
The 2017 Honda Civic sedan goes on sale in the fall of 2015. Performance variants come after the first of 2016.