2015 Honda Civic gets a facelift in Europe, ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 24, 2014

Just in time for the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Honda unveiled its 2015 Civic Facelift as well as the new 2015 Civic Sport. As you can see from the photos, the 2015 Civic gets a new front design consisting of new headlamps featuring integrated daytime running lights and a redesigned front bumper. At the rear, we find a redesigned bumper, a rear spoiler finished in black and LED rear taillights.

Inside, the 2015MY Civic receives new seatfabrics and stitching on the headrests, new door trims, chromed door handles and a control panel finished in metallic black. As a premiere, Honda will offer the Civic with its new Honda Connect in-car audio and information system.

Some of the key features include AM/FM, DAB and Internet Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, internet browsing, satellite navigation and rear-view parking camera. This system runs on Android 4.0.4 and offers a 7-inch display.

Regarding the new 2015 Civic Sport, this model is powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine with 120 hp or a bigger 1.8-liter petrol engine which delivers 142 hp.

When it comes to design, 2015 Civic Sport gets 17-inch alloy wheels unique to this model, a colour-coded rear spoiler, a new front bumper with a lower grille mesh and a black roof lining for the interior.

Honda will offer each of the 2015 Civic as standard with the Citi-Brake Active (CTBA) system, which helps the driver to avoid or mitigate low speed accidents at speeds below 30 km/h.

When it came to the new Civic, the designers at Honda knew that it was important to make sure the futuristic and sporty aspects of the model’s character would be retained. However the designers also wanted it to be customized in a manner that would express even more the futuristic yet elegant feel of this new model. In order to personify this concept, the new model is wider by 10 mm and lower by 20 mm compared to the current version.

The style meanwhile helps highlight even more the futuristic and sporty elegance and also put focus on the fact that the overall design is full of practicality. Helping give this new Civic a low and planted appearance is how the body lines have been designed.

In most models, the peak point of the vehicle’s side body lines are in parallel with that of the door handle. Under the new Civic though, that same peak point is lower and is positioned around the middle height. This results in an uninterrupted, low line beginning at the bumper in the front, going over the whole flank, before reaching the rear bumper. This allows the new model to have a low center of gravity.

Meanwhile body side’s upper region takes up a rather plain design which contrasts the sturdy appearance of the lower region. The lower part of the body side mixed in with the side sills results in catching the light and thus emphasize a more solid and planted look.

To come out with the 5-door design of this new Civic, the designers studied how this new generation could show an athletic appearance that is similar to the sporty characteristics typically observed in 3-door models. The cab forward design of the new model is emphasized by a lower amount of side glass that is relative to the surface of the vehicle’s body side, which reduces the glass area of the rear window.

This results in a model having the appearance of a small sleek cabin, especially when compared to what can be considered as more traditional looking cabins present in the European C-segment’s 5-door models.

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