Honda has unveiled their 10th generation Civic. Americans will get a saloon version whilst the North American, Asian and European markets will get a brand new hatch back.
All the five-door Civic’s are built in Swindon, the firm’s UK branch. The newest version ditches the torsion bar for an independent rear suspension. It will also be 20mm lower and 30mm wider than before. The tyres will be larger, allowing for greater grip and stability on the roads.
A re-engineered 1.6 litre engine will be arriving at the end of this year, however for now the 1 and 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engines are available, offering 129hp and 182hp respectively. The annual tax costs will still stay low. With both engines the buyers have a choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox.
The new Civic will also have additional interior space than previous models and comes with 17 inch alloy wheels as standard.
Honda Civic Type R
The new Type R will look a lot like the prototype originally debuted at the Paris Motor Show. The buyers will get 20 inch alloy wheels, large wings, scoops and vents. It is likely to have the same turbocharged engine as before, but tweaked for greater speed and power.
The Type R is planning to set the lap record again on the Nurburgring; do you think it will do it?
There are many competitors in the market of hatchbacks. The Volkswagen Golf is very popular, however does cost slightly more than the Honda Civic. The Mazda 3 is great for enjoyment whilst the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus are also in close competition.
Both the Honda Civic and Type R version will be released in March with the brand new 17 plates.