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Honda unveiled the new 10th-generation 2016 Civic Sedan, slated for sale in the US this fall. The Civic Sedan is the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the market, constituting the most diverse lineup in Civic's 43-year history.

The 2016 Civic will feature two all-new engines, including the first application of Honda turbo engine technology in the US. The 2016 Civic Sedan will be available with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and, for the first time in a Honda, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

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Civic Sedan LX and EX trims will be powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder—the most powerful base engine ever offered on Civic—mated to either a 6-speed manual (LX trim) or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Civic Sedans in EX-T, EX-L trims and Touring trims will be powered by a 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4, mated to a CVT.

The new 1.5-liter powerplant is the first turbocharged engine on a US Honda model and the most powerful engine ever offered on a non-Si Civic in America. Both engines are targeted to receive EPA highway fuel economy ratings in excess of 40 mpg. Additional powertrain details and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

The 2016 Civic also features the most rigid and tightly sealed body and the most sophisticated chassis in Civic history. The new Civic chassis features a redesigned strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear subframe.

Torsional rigidity of the new body is improved by 25%, aided in part by more intensive use of ultra-high-strength steel. Twelve percent of the unit body is made of ultra-high-strength steel, up from 1 percent on the current model.

Aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 12% to class-leading levels, in part through the use of full underbody covers—a Civic first. Despite its larger size, the new Civic unit body is 68 pounds (31 kg) lighter than before, while new body-sealing techniques result in a 58% reduction in cabin air leaks. Class-leading cabin quietness is further improved by the use of premium noise-reducing features, including a flush-mounted acoustic glass windshield, a more tightly sealed engine compartment and triple-sealed doors.

To achieve the Civic development team’s high targets for dynamic performance and refined ride quality, the new Civic Sedan utilizes hydraulic compliance bushings, a technology typically reserved for more expensive vehicles, aiding the isolation of road vibration. Additional new chassis technologies include variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars and standard 4-wheel disc brakes, along with the application of new Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology for more precise and agile cornering.

Civic Sedans for the North American market will be produced at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario, Canada auto plants. The new Civic’s 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter turbo engines will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio, and the vehicle’s two automatic transmissions (CVTs) will be sourced from Honda plants in Russells Point, Ohio, and Celaya, Mexico.

The new Civic utilizes numerous new manufacturing processes and technologies to advance quality, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance—the result of new investment in Honda automobile and engine plants in North America. This includes the addition of the company’s innovative new inner-frame weld body construction process in both Indiana and Canada, a system first utilized for production of the 2015 Honda Fit. This new general weld system creates a more lightweight, rigid and strong body structure.

Civic is Honda’s best-selling car globally, the best-selling compact car in America with individual retail car buyers for the past eight years, and the most popular car with US millennials. The first-generation Civic debuted in America in 1972; American car buyers have purchased more than 10 million Civics throughout its 43 years in the US market, and Civic has been manufactured in North America since 1986, with cumulative production in North America exceeding nine million Civics.

Comments

thomas p

I am disappointed there is no diesel in the civic, nor a station wagon version. Thus I have no reason to run out and buy one.

Peter_XX

Diesel is of little interest in the USA, I guess. Since USA and EU do not respect each other's emission certification, manufacturers would have a lot of additional work to certify a diesel engine for US. Euro 6, which is roughly equal to current US limits, was introduced a year ago, so there would be limited development needed (I suppose mostly regarding OBD, not emissions hardware) to fulfil US limits. Nevertheless, there is not much motivation to do that on a market where customers do not want diesel cars and when fuel prices are lower than ever.

I would personally want the 160-hp diesel but it has not been available so far in Civic in Europe. Perhaps this will change soon. I would like to pitch this car in the station wagon version against Toyota Auris hybrid early next year when it is about time for a new car. For a hybrid, I have to admit that Auris pricing is attractive (in contrast to Prius…), so this would be the norm for any other car I would consider.

sd

If I were a fan of the Honda Civic, I would be disappointed in their only offering a CVT transmission for an automatic. They would be much better off having a 7 or 8 speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) or even a lockup 8 speed torque converter automatic. The CVT allows the engine to keep running at the most efficient speed but the transmission itself continuously slips and continuously wears. Honda -- Hyundai (see the above article on the new Hyundai 7-speed DCT), Ford or GM is going to eat your lunch.

Larzen

I bought a 2015 Corolla with a CVT, and have learned to hate it. You get no instant torque when you need it most. You step on the gas, the engine races like crazy, and the transmission takes it's own sweet time transmitting the power to the wheels. I won't buy another, unless they come up with a fix.

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