Honda has lifted the covers off their sportiest Civic Concept at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The much-awaited Civic Type-R was also confirmed for US market release during the announcement.
The Concept will preview the 10th-generation Civic which is heavily based on the Euro-release Civic, as previously reported. Honda has confirmed that the 2016 Civic will come in the form of sedan, coupe, Si, and hatchback models to include the recently debuted Civic Type-R as its performance flagship model. The new VTEC Turbo Earth Dreams engines will also make their debut with the new model.
"The new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we've ever made," said John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The aggressively styled concept provides a glimpse to the upcoming 10th-generation Civic which the Japanese automaker launches in the US this fall. It will feature a longer wheelbase and a lower, wide stance. The new personality aims to bring back the more engaging experience offered in earlier generations of the Civic.
According to Honda, it was designed to have a longer hood, shorter front overhand, a more set-back greenhouse and a shorter rear deck to give it a more athletic and "in motion" appearance.
"In every way, this will be an epic Civic," declared Mendel.
The low and wide proportions are underscored by its more aggressive wheel-to-body relationship and pronounced fender arches. Its sporty and expressive face is highlighted by bright new LED headlights flanking the "Flying H" Honda grille which is supported by deeply sculpted lower air intakes.
"Charismatic, connected and athletic, our goal was to create a design that is emotional and sporty yet with a sense of timelessness and simplicity," said Guy Melville-Brown, Chief Exterior designer of the Civic concept, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Debuting with the 2016 Civic will be the new direct-injection Earth Dreams 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or a sporty yet efficient CVT.
For safety, it will offer the 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.
Honda’s North American R&D team has been tasked with the global development of both sedan and coupe models, for the first time. Honda’s Los Angeles Design studio and Ohio vehicle development center were tasked to design and develop the new model, respectively.
If their definition of "global" includes the ASEAN market, expect a significantly more exciting and sportier Civic soon! We can only hope for the best.
For the US market, sedan and coupe models will be sourced domestically from their Indiana and Ontario facilities. The five-door hatchback models, including the Type-R will however, be sourced from their Swindon, UK plant.