The global launch of the Honda Civic Hatchback prototype took place at the 2016 Geneva auto expo. The company is proudly stepping into its 10th generation Civic, one of the most successful models in U.S. besides other regions.
The commuter’s car is just about to get better with improvements and newer generation components.
The company has announced that they will be launching the hatchback coupe first in the United States, their primary zone and it will be available for European buyers in 2017. The car is set to be built in the UK manufacturing plant and imported to U.S. The coupe variant is set to go on sale by next week while the sedan is coming this November. There is no official release date for the Si models though.
A strong set of design changes have been made to the Civic as the hatch finally gets rid of the cab forward design. Official specifications of the car confirmed the new model to be at least 5.1 inches lengthier when compared to the outgoing model and is 1.2 inches wider. The wheels are much larger and wider made to offer best aerodynamics, stability and control on road.
Civic has always been a car preferred by office goers and the daily commuter. However, Honda is all set to change this perspective in order to expand their user base. Getting rid of the boring design is the first step towards making the car appealing to the younger generation.
“It is the sportiest Civic to be ever made,” said Tsutamori. Talking about the new changes, he said that the company has always kept the model versatile so that it can be changed every year without being constrained by market conditions. The newer version is the sportiest of them all with huge double spoilers, and twin exhausts. Such additions are usually part of sports packages but Honda is going to offer them in the regular model.
The new Civic has bigger air intakes, LED running lights and a swag line which seamlessly incorporates into the door handles. The vehicle being displayed at the Geneva show stands proof to their claim. The car is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. It has two different transmissions to choose from, a six-speed automatic and a continuously variable system.
With this update, Honda is looking forward to not just retain its sixth best-selling car honor in the U.S. but climb a number or two this year by attracting younger buyers to pick up a Civic coupe.