HONDA has unveiled its all-new Civic product in Australia as a single-entire body fashion, solitary- derivative proposition that is not only additional refined and athletic than the equivalent outgoing model – but also significantly additional high priced.
Honda suggests the move is about providing Australian purchasers a much more upmarket Civic that will compete with European rivals and that the Japanese brand no extended wishes to be calculated by the range of autos it sells in our sector. Well, thinking about how badly the very last technology Civic marketed in comparison with its contemporaries, that’s in all probability a superior thing…
But, in its endeavor to bring a lot more “joy” to its die-hard personal buyers, Honda has correctly priced several Civic customers out of the current market. The new Civic VTi-LX five-door hatch now starts off from $47,200 travel-away, which is $7600 more than the past vary-topping Civic RS.
The solitary-spec Civic arrives to market place at a time that Honda Australia is “repositioning” its company to concentrate on non-public and high quality compact motor vehicle customers as part of a broader decision that will see the brand name market just 20,000 automobiles per year transferring forward – or all over 10,000 units considerably less than the number of gross sales the Toyota Corolla range commonly garners in the area of a year.
The eleventh-generation Civic is powered by an updated variation of the 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO four-cylinder petrol motor. The 1.8-litre normally aspirated 4-pot has been discontinued.
The output figures of the VTEC TURBO motor are rated at 131kW (+4kW) and 240Nm (+20Nm), the figure soaring to 134kW on 95 RON quality unleaded gasoline. The front wheels are pushed through an automated constantly variable transmission, which Honda states has “redeveloped and improved” for 2022.
The brand name promises the Civic VTi-LX will speed up from -100km/h in 7.5 seconds and the model’s common fuel financial system figure is detailed at 6.3 litres for each 100km (ADR Combined).
The MY22 Civic assortment will be further bolstered when the e:HEV (petrol-electric) hybrid and sporty Kind R arrive in the latter fifty percent of following calendar year.
The new Civic sites an emphasis on innovation, design management and fantastic driving dynamics, Honda states. Its thoroughly clean fashionable design is paired with a higher-tech, human-centred inside outfitted with the hottest Honda Sensing active and passive protection devices.
The Japanese-designed product rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and Honda provides a tyre-restore kit in lieu of a spare wheel. As a outcome, the Civic’s claimed luggage potential has grown by 45 litres, with an underneath-floor tray using the put of the room saver spare wheel.
The Civic also options a more substantial cabin than in advance of with “ample head, leg, shoulder, and hip home for all passengers”, Honda says, which is a substantial feat, presented the coupe-like styling of the sleek five-doorway design.