The Honda Civic has a long and prolific history and now it has reached its tenth generation which is programmed to go on sale in United States this fall. As you probably saw in last week’s official images, the new model adopts an entirely different exterior design and although it’s still a sedan, it gives the impression we are dealing in fact with a sleek-looking fastback. Now we have the first footage with the reinvented Civic which despite being longer and wider than before, it has went on a diet and lost almost 31 kg.
Some of the added length can be found in the wheelbase which has been stretched to enable a more spacious interior cabin, especially for the passengers sitting on the rear seats who will have more legroom and also the possibility to benefit from heated seats which are now available for the first time as optional equipment on the new Civic.
The cabin should also be a more relaxing place to be in since Honda promises air leaks have diminished by a whopping 58% while the driver will be happy to know there are new smooth six-speed manual and CVTs gearboxes providing a more pleasant drive.
As far as the engine are concerned, the big news is the newly developed four-cylinder turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine which is expected to develop somewhere in the region of 173 bhp. The base model will continue to have the 2.0-liter normally aspirated unit which for the tenth Civic has been tweaked as it now churns about 15 bhp more, so total output should stand at around 158 bhp.
Honda says the new hardware is much more efficient than the old model which is why they have decided to phase out the natural gas and hybrid versions, saying the conventional model is frugal enough to make those two derivatives redundant.
The sedan is only the first of many models to come as the tenth generation Honda Civic is set to spawn coupe and five-door hatchback body styles along with a sportier Si variant and the range-topping Type R which for the first time will be sold in the U.S.