The much-awaited 11th generation Honda Civic breaks cover with the compact sedan carrying notable upgrades on its exterior, interior, and powertrain. Honda claims that this is by far the most fun-to-drive and technologically advanced Civic in the model’s nearly 50-year history.
Exterior-wise, the all-new Civic features a simple yet more upscale look when compared to its predecessor, it has even got a strong hint of Accord in its design. One of its key design elements was moving the bottom of the windshield pillars rearward by 1.96 inches. The design change elongates its hood. In order to improve visibility, its side mirrors have been repositioned onto the door as well.
Like most modern cars, the Civic also comes with a standard range of LED lighting, from the headlights, daytime running lights, parking lights, and taillights. The fog lights, however, are only available on select trims. Lastly, its alloy wheel package may vary depending on the variant of choice.
The interior is perhaps one of the most revolutionary changes of the 11th generation Civic. Honda’s so-called ‘Human-Centered’ interior design is executed in a minimalist manner. Aside from the floating-type display, its interior also features elevated ambiance such as the honeycomb mesh accent stretches from door to door across the dash. The cabin is also reinforced with high-quality or soft touchpoints that give the compact sedan a premium feel.
In terms of tech, the all-new Honda Civic could either get a 9-inch or a 7-inch infotainment system that’s similar to that found in the Accord, and feature seamless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration. Also, select grades are available with a 10.2-inch full-color LCD panel that displays a variety of information that can be customized through the steering wheel.
Aside from the usual safety equipment, the all-new Honda Civic is available with Honda Sensing. The package includes traffic jam assist and eight sensors that feature Low-Speed Braking Control, and front and rear false-start prevention. Plus, the new camera-based system improves other existing features such as the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist system.
The US market has a choice of two power plants, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 158 hp and 187 Nm of torque, or a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline that puts out a healthier 180 hp and 240 Nm of torque. Still, no manual on the standard Civic, perhaps, the brand is reserving that option for the Type R or Sibvariants. Both of the engines will be paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The 11th generation Honda Civic will go on sale in North America around summer this year. Now, the only question is when will it come to the Philippines? Notably, the president of Honda Cars Philippines, Masahiko Nakamura, already hinted at the possible arrival of the all-new compact sedan this 2021. Let us altogether cross our fingers on this.
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