6 Things We’ve Learned About the Next Generation Honda Civic

It’s (almost) here! The 10th-generation Honda Civic is set to debut this autumn and the manufacturer has given us a few hints about what to expect with the debut of its concept model at the New York Auto Show:

1.)  It’s going to get sportier. Let’s be honest, the Civic hasn’t really ever been that fun to drive. With families flocking to competitors like the Ford Focus which offer sportier handing, this move is a no-brainer for the brand. Honda promises a, “sharper focus on spirited performance and class-leading versatility.”

2.)  The line-up is expanding. The 2016 Civic will be offered as a Civic Sedan, Coupe and Si models along with the return of the Civic hatchback, followed by the launch of a new Civic Type-R.

3.)  The manufacturing and production will be a benchmark process. The 10th-generation Civic Concept is based on a compact platform that targets benchmark levels of efficiency, dynamic performance, safety and manufacturing productivity. There’s no reason to believe the official model will be any different.

4.)  It gets a tech boost. The new Civic will come equipped with the (probably optional) Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Honda LaneWatch™, along with Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

5.)  The Civic will be quieter- on the inside. Honda boasts that the new version of the classic vehicle will have “near-luxury levels of cabin quietness and ride refinement.”

6.)  The powertrain has gotten an overhaul. According to the manufacturer, “New Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains – including a new 1.5-liter VTEC® Turbo engine with direct injection, a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, and a new, more sporty and efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) – will target class-leading fuel economy ratings and fun-to-drive performance.”

image of 10th-generation Civic Concept courtesy of Honda

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