Fully revealing images of the tenth generation Honda Civic surfaced the web approximately one week ago and now we have official pics and details of the compact sedan which as you can see looks nothing like its predecessor. It adopts a substantially bolder exterior design that almost makes it a fastback, especially if you only look at that rear end which stands out with those boomerang-shaped taillights.
It’s not only the design that has changed as the car is now bigger and wider than before while the wheelbase has been extended as well. Despite getting larger, the all-new Civic has dropped almost 31 kg and benefits from a 25% boosted torsional rigidity and a 12% hike in aerodynamic efficiency. It will come as standard with LED daytime running lights and taillights while the more expensive versions are getting LED headlights as well.
As far as the engines are concerned, the U.S. model will be offered as standard with a four-cylinder 2.0-liter normally aspirated engine carried over from the old model but further tweaked to develop an additional 15 bhp for a grand total of 158 bhp. More importantly, upper-spec models are going to receive Honda’s first turbocharged engine for the United States, a 1.5-liter which is believed to churn 173 bhp.
While the 2.0-liter will be available with a six-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission, the turbocharged motor will be sold exclusively with a specially designed CVT. It should be mentioned Honda has decided to kill the hybrid and natural gas versions as they say the regular Civic will be efficient enough, managing to do more 17 kmpl on the highway regardless of engine and gearbox.
Stepping inside the cabin, we find a more upscale appearance and a new dashboard incorporating a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Legroom for the rear passengers has increased and the overall storage space has also been improved, including a more spacious trunk.
The tenth generation Honda Civic will start hitting U.S. dealerships this fall.