Honda has unveiled the all-new Civic, which the carmaker says is sportier and roomier than its predecessor. More importantly, Honda has supposedly resolved the build quality issues plaguing the previous model by utilising better quality materials with soft-touch surfaces in the cabin.
New equipment for the interior includes an electric parking brake and infotainment system, which caters to smartphone users with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To help passengers enjoy their tunes, the cabin’s sound-deadening features include an acoustic glass windscreen and a more tightly sealed engine compartment.
Honda is keen to return the Civic’s sporty reputation as well. In this regard, the new car is around 31kg lighter than the old one and has a 25 percent stiffer body to boot. For added stability, the latest Civic is longer and wider than the previous one. Keener drivers will also be closer to the road, thanks to the seats’ lower hip points.
For the first time, the Civic is available with a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine. Enthusiasts won’t be grinning, though, because this engine will be paired to a CVT (continuously variable transmission). The car does claw back some points, however, with its new suspension components and another Civic first – a torque vectoring option called Agile Handling Assist.
The new Honda Civic will reach Singapore in the third quarter of 2016.