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.