The Honda Civic, one of the world’s best known family cars, turns 45 years old next year but the 10th generation version of the car is already here to celebrate that fact.
The launch by local Honda dealership, Kah Motor, at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay revealed two versions of the all-new model:
a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder iVTEC engine with 125hp on tap and a starting price of $110,999 with COE, plus a turbocharged DOHC VTEC 1.5-litre four-cylinder version that puts out 176hp and will cost $126,999 with COE. This is the first
time a Civic has benefitted from the option of a turbo powerplant.
What both versions share is a svelte new body that is filled with a plethora of crease lines that also looks like a hatchback from
the front three quarters, but is in fact a regular boot. They also both come with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
that is designed to offer up decent performance on less fuel than a regular torque-convertor automatic.
This is certainly the most luxurious Civic that Honda has produced so far, with a wing-shaped chrome front grille reaching
around to some 21st Century LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. The same lighting technology is used on the C-shaped tail lights.
Inside, cabin space has increased with the application of more premium materials and thin A-pillars offer up what Honda says is ‘class-leading’ forward visibility. Technology is taken care of by a 7-inch central touch-screen that controls the car’s settings and infotainment systems, which includes Apple CarPlay.
Hiroshi Ito, Chief Engineer of the 10th generation Civic attended the local launch.
He told evo, “Both the platform and powertrain are new and it was important that the performance was better than the previous generation. Also the previous Civic used an electric power steering system and now we are using a dual pinion steering set up, which is commonly used in European luxury cars, so this is quite rare for cars in the Civic class. We are also using liquid-filled bushings on the suspension to achieve better riding comfort and handling.” A five door hatchback version of the new Civic, plus a Type R model are expected next year.