Honda caused quite a surprise last week at the New York International Auto Show by unveiling the Honda Civic Concept, a vehicle that no one saw coming that could represent the next generation of the most popular car in Canada.
Coated with a bright green paint that did not fail to attract attention, the car displays sporty, elegant lines which made every Honda enthusiast’s jaw drop on the floor of the Jacob Javits Center in New York.
Described as more athletic, more refined and more stylish, the new Honda Civic is the result of a collaboration between Honda designers in California and the engineers of the Japanese brand located in Ohio. Technically, the new Honda Civic is longer when it comes to the wheelbase, a feature that should allow it to provide more space for passengers inside. Visually, the car is lower and wider with shorter overhangs in front, a longer hood and shorter rear. All this certainly adds a lot of dynamism to the new generation of the Honda Civic.
“The new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we’ve ever made,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice president of operations, Honda Canada Inc. “We couldn’t be prouder to be the global manufacturing lead for this epic vehicle, and they’ll be built by Canadians right here in our renowned Alliston, Ontario facility.”
In addition to a more aggressive style, Honda confirmed that the next generation of the Honda Civic will actually provide a new hatchback variant. It will be added to the sedan, coupe and Si versions that will be back on the 2016 model. The hatchback version will eventually be offered in a Type-R version later after the arrival on the market of the new Civic. It will certainly be the most powerful Civic ever offered on North American soil.
As for the other versions of the Civic, they will be powered by a four-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo engine whose power numbers have not yet been revealed. Combining this engine with Earth Dreams technology and a standard manual gearbox or a new optional CVT, Honda hopes the new Civic will offer the best fuel consumption rating in its history.
In terms of safety, Honda will offer Honda Sensing technology that includes an array of active safety systems, including adaptive cruise control and lane change warning. LaneWatch technology will also be on the menu.
The new Honda Civic will arrive next fall.
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