Honda’s new tenth-generation Civic has finally been revealed and Autocar has some exclusive images of a red version of the five-door hatchback before its debut at 2016 Paris Motor Show.
To be built in the automaker’s Swindon manufacturing facility, the hatchback will be offered with two turbocharged petrol power plants: a 1.0 turbo three-cylinder that’s good for 129bhp and 147lb ft of torque, and a 1.5-liter VTEC turbo that can bang out 180bhp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Both will come with the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT auto.
There’s also going to be a diesel option later on and it’ll use a modified version of existing 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel. We may even see a hybrid powertrain under that body but, an all-electric civic is just not going to be possible.
Speaking of bodies, the Civic hatchback is going to be assembled using new processes. With a £200 million investment, the Swindon plan has been outfitted with new production technologies and processes which will be used in the production of the new civic. One such process employs a “high-efficiency joining technique”. The inner frame of the hatch is assembled first, then the outer frame followed by the joints. This new technique contributes to the 52% increases in the body’s overall stiffness.
The Civic hatchback will come first, followed by a Civic Tourer estate and the much anticipated Type R hot hatch. Prices have not been released yet so we may have to wait until the 2016 Paris Motor Show for the MSRP.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Album