The next generation Honda Civic has been unveiled by the Japanese automaker in the US in Los Angeles. Perhaps this makes it the first time when Honda has revealed its next generation model in the US market first before the rest of the world. Sales of the 10th generation Honda Civic is expected to commence in the US markets by the end of this year. The new generation Honda Civic has been built on a completely new platform and gets an all new front end and rear end styling. The overall profile of the car has been made more like a fastback which is especially very popular with US customers. The new Honda Civic is also going to be sold in other body styles – sedan, hatchback, coupe and also the Type-R versions.
Under the hood, the US spec Honda Civic is going to be powered by a 2.0 litre, 16 valve, DOHC, 4 cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine producing 158 bhp and a 1.5 litre, turbocharged, in-line 4 i-VTEC petrol engine churning out approximately 203 bhp. These powerhouses will be mated to a CVT or a 6 speed manual gearbox. The new Honda Civic has grown longer by 30mm, wider by 50mm and lower by 25mm resulting in more space on the inside and a bigger boot too. Inspite of making the car bigger, Honda has managed to shave off 31 kg from its earlier weight. Use of advanced high strength materials has helped Honda achieve this as well as improved torsional rigidity by 25%. On the inside, the Honda Civic gets a new 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system which is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.
Although, the Indian launch is not yet on the charts, Honda is likely to bring this new generation model by early next year. Honda is currently facing severe production constraints with the launch of new models like Mobilio, City and the Jazz and is juggling between them to keep up. Moreover, Honda is planning to relaunch the Civic brand in the country but no specific details are out yet.