Honda has unveiled the all-new, 11-th generations Civic to the world! It’s being claimed to be the most fun-to-drive and technologically advanced Civic ever, focusing on the original Honda design approach of “Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum”. As a result, the new-gen Civic takes a simple and clean design approach reminiscent of the Civic from the yesteryears, and looks rather subtle as compared to the model it replaces.
In terms of the design, you’ll be quick to notice that the A-pillars have been moved back for a longer hood, and the beltline around it is now straight with just one prominent shoulder line carving a gentle arc from the front fender to the taillights. The additional stability provided by its new wider rear track is emphasized by stronger rear shoulders, wide-set LED taillights and the upswept edges of the boot. LED lighting is used extensively for the exterior, including the wide-set headlights, daytime running lights, parking lights, and available fog lights.
On the inside, Honda’s interior packaging results in ample head, leg, shoulder and hip room for all passengers. A feeling of spaciousness is immediately felt thanks to the low, flat beltline and uncluttered design throughout its cabin. The pulled-back A-pillars, low hood, flat dashboard and hidden windshield wipers enable a windshield with clearly defined corners for a panoramic view.
There’s a striking metal honeycomb mesh that stretches from door to door across the dash creating a dramatic visual dividing line between the audio, information displays and the climate controls. High-quality materials are said to be used, especially on the common touchpoints, with special attention to practicality and opulence. Equipment includes a new 10.2-inch instrument and a 9-inch infotainment screen with Bose sound.
The Civic will come powered by two engine options – a 2.0-litre N.A (156bhp, 187Nm) and a 1.5-litre turbocharged VTEC (176bhp, 240Nm), both paired to a CVT transmission. Changes to the standard idle-stop system and a new catalytic converter design result in improved fuel efficiency. Also, the transmission has been programmed to provide early downshifts during braking and features revised Step-Shift programming that simulates physical gear changes under hard acceleration for a more familiar and enjoyable driving experience.
Owing to low sales volumes and challenges placed by the pandemic, Honda had decided to axe the Civic in India, shutting down the manufacturing process at their Noida plant. The situation hasn’t changed much, and with the growing number of SUV-lovers in the market, it is highly unlikely that Honda will introduce the all-new Civic to India anytime soon.