Honda introduces all-new 2016 Civic Sedan

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 16, 2015

Honda found itself using one of the most popular social media sites to unveil the newest generation of the Civic Sedan. Yes, Honda unveiled the MY2016 Civic Sedan on YouTube as it prepares to commence sales of the compact car in the United States this fall.

It is will be the first in a string of 10th-generation Civic models – including a sedan, coupe, a 5-door hatchback, high-performance Si models, and a Type-R model -- that will be offered in the US.

Likewise, the new Honda Civic Sedan features a lower hip point (minus one inch vs. current model), which was a result of its new suspension design as well as its lower floor and engine. Specifically, the chassis of the new Civic Sedan sports a redesigned strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear sub-frame.

Thanks in part to the use of ultra-high-strength steel, Honda was able to increase the torsional rigidity of the new body by 25 percent. As a matter of fact, 12 percent of the body is made of ultra-high-strength steel, compared to just one percent on the current Civic.

Partly thanks to the use of full underbody covers, Honda was able to improve the Civic Sedan’s aerodynamic efficiency by 12 percent. While the unit body of the new Civic is larger than that of its predecessor, it is around 68 pounds lighter than before.

Meanwhile, cabin air leaks have been reduced by around 58 percent thanks to the employment of new body-sealing techniques. To further make the sedan’s cabin quieter, Honda employed noise-reducing features like the use of a flush-mounted acoustic glass windshield, a tightly sealed engine compartment and triple-sealed doors.

For better ride quality and help in isolating road vibration, the MY2016 Honda Civic Sedan is accorded with hydraulic compliance bushings, which are typically seen on more expensive vehicles. Moreover, the new sedan features new chassis technologies like variable gear ratio steering, standard 4-wheel disc brakes, and beefier front and rear stabilizer bars.

The sedan also features Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology to make turns more precise than ever. When launched, the MY2016 Civic Sedan will come with a suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies from Honda Sensing. These technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

Exterior Design

Designed to have a more aggressive stance, the MY2016 Civic Sedan has a new design that offers new levels of driving enjoyment, safety performance and fuel efficiency.

For the 2016 model year, the new Civic features a dramatic yet sporty design boosted by its low and wide yet aggressive stance. In fact, the MY2016 Civic Sedan is nearly 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower than the current model.

It also features a wheelbase that is around 1.2-inch longer than its predecessor. It boasts of a compact front overhang, a fastback tail, a longer and more sculpted hood, and a sharp and imposing face.

These major design elements are accentuated by the Civic Sedan’s sleek and swept-back bodylines, and bulging wheel arches.

Additionally, the looks of the new MY2016 Honda Civic Sedan are further made imposing by available LED exterior lighting, which includes LED daytime running lights and unique C-shaped LED taillights as standard. Honda LED headlights are available for the in-line type.

Interior Design

Despite its compact dimensions, the new Civic Sedan is amazingly spacious inside. Not only that, occupants are sure to find comfort and sophistication inside the car’s very advanced cabin.

As a matter of fact, the MY2016 Civic Sedan features 3.7 cubic feet of additional interior space compared to its predecessor, which means that the car offers the largest cabin in the compact segment. Furthermore, the MY2016 Civic Sedan boasts of 2 inches of additional rear-seat legroom than the outgoing version.

For a class-leading forward visibility, the sedan now features new ultra-thin front roof pillars at front. Trunk room at the rear of MY2016 Civic Sedan is now 2.6 cubic feet bigger than that of the previous model. Additionally, the trunk now has lower lift-over height, a wider and taller cargo area, and a larger opening.

The Civic Sedan EX and above trims sport a 60/40 split as well as a folding rear seat. While the previous model already has ample premium features to boast of, the new Civic Sedan might put its predecessor to shame. Well, the new model has several premium features as standard.

For instance, automatic climate control (dual-zone on EX-L and higher trims), Walk-Away auto door locks, an electronic parking brake with Brake Hold, and auto-up/down front power windows are standard on all Civic Sedan models.

On the other hand, an adjustable driver's seat thigh support with 14 degrees of tilt is available for Civic EX-L and above trims. Additionally, all models are given a larger, reconfigurable new center console that could store up to 7.2 liters of anything.

For a more premium interior, Honda only used high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes for the cabin of the MY2016 Honda Civic Sedan. For instance, the one-piece, soft-touch instrumental panel features molded stitching and the seats get more premium fabrics.

The sedan also gets a center console in piano black finish and high-contrast sliver bezel and a door inserts with live stitching. Likewise, the new Civic Sedan comes with a LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting.

For EX and higher trims, a leather shift boot and a new full-color TFT center meter are standard. More premium features have been added as the grades go up, and these include an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front and rear seats, heated side mirrors, and a four-way power front passenger's seat.

Just like the refreshed MY2016 Accord, the new Civic lineup now offers a more reliable connected-car enjoyment, as customers could now link their smartphones to the car’s new seven-inch high-definition Display Audio intuitive touchscreen.

For Apple users, the new Honda Civic Sedan allows integration of their compatible devices (iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later) through Apple CarPlay. With this feature, drivers can make calls and even send and receive messages as well as listen to their favorite music. Apple CarPlay supports apps like Phone, Messages, Maps and Music, as well as compatible third party apps.

For Android users (5.0 and up), they could have their smartphone integrated into the sedan’s infotainment system through Android Auto. This feature supports Google Now, Google Maps, messaging, music and several popular apps.

Powertrain

At the heart of the MY2016 Honda Civic Sedan are a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC four –cylinder engine or a 1.5-liter direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4 powerplant. Both engines are new, more powerful and are fuel-efficient.

The 2.0-liter engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and powers the Civic Sedan LX and EX trims. This engine could be mated to six-speed manual transmission when the LX trim is selected.

On the other hand, the 1.5 liter turbo is mated to a CVT and powers Civic Sedans in EX-T, EX-L trims and Touring trims. Both the 2.0 and 1.5 liter engines promise to provide best-in-class performance and fuel efficiency.

Both engines are also expected to be certified by the US EPA with highway fuel economy ratings of over 40 mpg. Underpinned by a new platform, the MY2016 Civic is expected is offer new levels of handling, ride quality, steering and cabin quietness in the compact class.

Additionally, this new platform sports the most sophisticated chassis and most rigid and tightly sealed body ever featured in a Civic.

Press Release

Honda Debuts Dynamic New 10th Generation Civic Sedan for North America: The Most Ambitious Remake of Civic Ever

Honda took to YouTube today to unveil an all-new, dynamically styled 10th-generation 2016 Civic Sedan, slated for sale in the U.S. this fall. With a more athletic stance and sportier driving position, the 2016 Civic Sedan is a new-from-the-ground-up design intended to recapture the sporty character of Civic while creating the world's best compact car – setting a new benchmark in the mainstream compact class for fun-to-drive performance, safety performance and fuel efficiency, together with a new level of refinement.

The Civic Sedan is the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the U.S. market, comprising the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic's 43-year history.

"This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we've ever done," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "We are bringing more new technology and innovative thinking to Civic than ever before to establish a new benchmark for fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance and refinement in the compact class."

Backing up the new Civic's dramatic and sporty design with new power and efficiency, for the first time the 2016 Civic will feature two all-new engines – including the first-ever application of Honda turbo engine technology in the U.S. These powerful and fuel-efficient new engines combine with a sophisticated new body and chassis design to deliver incredibly responsive and sporty performance with a higher level of ride refinement and class-leading fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Civic Sedan will be available with the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and, for the first time in a Honda, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow – bringing new value to the compact segment.

Further, the 2016 Civic lineup joins the freshened 2016 Accord in offering advanced smartphone integration with a new, 7-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen, offering tech-savvy customers a more advanced and intuitive connected-car experience.

Apple CarPlay® takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car's built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. Apple CarPlay® is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto™ was designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way through touch and voice to minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road. Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous popular apps.

Sporty Civic Design
The dramatic and sporty new Civic design is grounded in its more athletic stance and low and wide proportions. Compared to the current model, the 2016 Civic Sedan is nearly 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, featuring a more compact and sporty front overhang, a longer, more aggressively sculpted hood and fastback-style tail.

The taut and tidy proportions of the new Civic Sedan are complemented and accentuated by refined design details, including sleek and swept-back bodylines, a sharp and aggressive face and bulging wheel arches. The new Civic's more premium compact sedan character is also highlighted by its available LED exterior lighting, including new Honda LED headlights (in-line type), LED daytime running lights (standard) and distinctive C-shaped LED taillights (also standard).

"The new Civic really is the embodiment of our global design team's goal of styling a dramatic form that follows and speaks to the dynamic function of this ambitious redesign," said Jarad Hall, Senior Exterior Designer and project leader of the Civic Sedan, Honda R&D Americas. "The low and wide proportions, with the wheels pushed to the outmost corners, emphasize the Civic's dynamic handling prowess and give the car a crouched and muscular look, like a tiger ready to pounce."

Two All-new Engines
The 2016 Civic Sedan will feature two all-new, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines. Civic Sedan LX and EX trims will be powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder – the most powerful base engine ever offered on Civic – mated to either a 6-speed manual (LX trim) or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Civic Sedans in EX-T, EX-L trims and Touring trims will be powered by a 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4, mated to a unique CVT, delivering a new level of responsiveness in this capacity class of turbocharged engine.

The new 1.5-liter powerplant is the first turbocharged engine on a U.S. Honda model and the most powerful engine ever offered on a non-Si Civic in America. Both engines will offer top-in-class performance and fuel efficiency, and are targeted to receive EPA highway fuel economy ratings in excess of 40 mpg. Additional powertrain details and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

Advanced and Sporty New Body and Chassis
The 2016 Civic will set a new standard for dynamic handling, steering, ride quality and cabin quietness in the compact class, courtesy of its all new platform, featuring the most rigid and tightly sealed body and the most sophisticated chassis in Civic history.

Advancing the sporty character of this all-new Civic is its more sporty driving position, with a one-inch lower hip point compared to the current car. The lower hip point is enabled by the new Civic's lower floor and engine and its all-new suspension design. The new Civic chassis features a redesigned strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear subframe.

Torsional rigidity of the new body is improved by 25 percent, aided in part by more intensive use of ultra-high-strength steel. Twelve percent of the unit body is made of ultra-high-strength steel, up from 1percent on the current model. Aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 12 percent to class-leading levels, in part through the use of full underbody covers—a Civic first. Despite its larger size, the new Civic unit body is 68 pounds lighter than before, while new body-sealing techniques result in a 58-percent reduction in cabin air leaks. Class-leading cabin quietness is further improved by the use of premium noise-reducing features, including a flush-mounted acoustic glass windshield, a more tightly sealed engine compartment and triple-sealed doors.

To achieve the Civic development team's high targets for dynamic performance and refined ride quality, the new Civic Sedan utilizes hydraulic compliance bushings, a technology typically reserved for more expensive vehicles, aiding the isolation of road vibration. Additional new chassis technologies include variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars and standard 4-wheel disc brakes, along with the application of new Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology for more precise and agile cornering.

Spacious, Sophisticated and Advanced Cabin
The new Civic interior is designed to offer the most comfortable, sophisticated and premium-feeling cabin in the compact class. An additional 3.7 cubic feet of interior space translates into the largest cabin in the compact segment with 2 inches of added rear-seat legroom versus the outgoing model. In front, new ultra-thin front roof pillars enable class-leading forward visibility; and at the rear, trunk space has been increased by 2.6 cubic feet with a lower liftover height, larger opening and wider and taller cargo area. Civic Sedan EX and above trims will feature a 60/40 split and folding rear seat.

The 2016 Civic Sedan offers customers more premium features than ever before. New standard equipment includes automatic climate control – dual-zone on EX-L and higher trims; auto-up/down front power windows; an electronic parking brake with Brake Hold; Walk-Away auto door locks and an adjustable driver's seat thigh support with 14 degrees of tilt (EX-L and above). All Civic Sedan models also feature a larger, reconfigurable new center console with up to 7.2 liters of secure storage space, approaching SUV levels of console utility.

The new Civic interior strikes a more premium tone with high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes. These include a new one-piece, soft-touch instrumental panel with molded stitching; more premium seat fabrics; a new full-color TFT center meter (EX and above trims); a center console with piano black finish and high-contrast sliver bezel; door inserts with live stitching; an LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting; and for EX and higher trims, a leather shift boot. Upper grades offer even more premium features, including an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, 4-way power front passenger's seat, heated front and rear seats and heated side mirrors.

Civic Manufacturing
Civic Sedans for the North American market will be produced at the company's Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario, Canada auto plants. The new Civic's 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter turbo engines will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio, and the vehicle's two automatic transmissions (CVTs) will be sourced from Honda plants in Russells Point, Ohio, and Celaya, Mexico.

The new Civic utilizes numerous new manufacturing processes and technologies to advance quality, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance – the result of new investment in Honda automobile and engine plants in North America. This includes the addition of the company's innovative new inner-frame weld body construction process in both Indiana and Canada, a system first utilized for production of the 2015 Honda Fit. This new general weld system creates a more lightweight, rigid and strong body structure that helps enable the Civic's class-leading fuel efficiency, outstanding safety performance and fun-to-drive experience.

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