The new Honda Civic still looks sporty and futuristic.
MOTORING NEWS - Honda South Africa has announced the release of the new Civic Hatch.
The development period for the new Civic spanned over four years and nearly all the components are new to the Civic or have been further developed.
This includes focus on the suspension set-up to improve the ride and handling, the interior materials to improve the overall interior quality, the design, styling and aerodynamics for a refreshed image and improved efficiency. The engines have been renewed for improved performance and reduced CO2 emissions.
Overall, the new Civic builds on the core strengths of its predecessor and takes them to an appreciably higher level.
The designers of the new Civic wanted to keep the sporty and futuristic aspects of the car's character but tailor them to the new model's look and feel. Some defining characteristics of the exterior include: lower and wider aerodynamic monoform profile and an elegant look that seamlessly unifies all surfaces including the wheel arches body.
In front, the Honda Civic has a lower and wider appearance, with a new brake and indicator light cluster design at the back.
The overall aerodynamic improvement of the new Civic has a CdA (Drag Coefficient) value of 10.8% compared to its predecessor.
The core design characteristics of the Civic are its sporty exterior styling and unique futuristic interior design. The interior is spacious and versatile with an added focus on refinement. Some defining characteristics of the interior include: new functional cockpit layout with two control interface zones, a full-colour i-MID screen incorporating an Eco driving support function, audio display and user support, a premium sound system with superior 20cm 90W subwoofers and amplifier on the Exclusive model.
There are new surface materials used throughout for an improved quality feel and a newly designed steering wheel with easy operating controls, finished in extra smooth leather and more comfortable stitching on the Executive and Exclusive models.
The power trains are: 1.8 i-VTEC petrol with 146g/km of CO2 with 104kW at 6 500rpm and 174Nm at 4 300rpm; the 2.2 i-DTEC diesel with 124g/km of CO2 with 110kW at 4 000rpm and 350Nm at 2 000 to 2 750rpm.
In keeping with the sporty design and character of the new Civic, a sports pack is available on all models in the Civic line-up.
It includes front, rear and side skirts, illuminated doorstep garnishes, tailgate spoiler, sports fuel tank lid and optional 18" Krypton alloy wheels.
For the exterior the colours are: Royal Sapphire, Blue Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Milano Red, Yellow Topaz Metallic and Woodland Topaz Metallic.
The interior colours are: Black Fabric on the Elegance model and black leather on the Executive and Exclusive models.
Prices including VAT and emissions tax range between R248 000 and R343 800. The official launch date in South Africa is 16 May 2012.