- Published: Monday, 19 October 2015 22:30
- New Civic is a global model that will be sold in markets around the world
- Design based on Civic concept that debuted in New York Motor Show
- New turbocharged engine 1.5-litre 174bhp on the cards, 1.0-litre sub-130bhp turbo also expected
- Platform is ‘next-gen ACE’ with more high-strength steel, 25.8 percent more torsional rigidity
- Chassis is the ‘most sophisticated’ in Civic history, electric front differential lock, new suspension design
- Significant improvement to NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) management
In the past that would hardly be relevant to the rest of the world, but the new 2016 model of Honda’s perennially-popular sedan has been confirmed to be a global model for the first time - that is, the basic engineering architecture (platform, design, drivetrain) will be the same for most markets around the world.
That means the first confirmed details of the new Civic for Singapore can be gleaned from the US-spec car’s information.
As reported earlier by CarBuyer the main things to know about the car are this: It’s all new, from the ground up, and turbo power has been confirmed for Singapore when the car is launched some time in 2016. Local representatives confirmed that the 1.5-litre turbo engine, with 174bhp, is coming to Singapore.
At the end of 2014, Honda confirmed the development of three turbocharged, direct-injection engines in 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0-litre displacements.
The 2.0-litre can be found in the Civic Type R hatch (the sedan version is expected to debut at Tokyo at the end of this month), while the US Civic gets a 1.5-litre, inline four turbo engine that makes 174bhp. The engine makes peak power at 5,500rpm, with a peak torque of 220Nm made from 1,800 to 5,500rpm. Quoted fuel efficiency is 6.7L/100km, thanks to friction-reducing technology.
Specs for the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo have yet to be announced, but it has been tested in prototype form making a Category A COE friendly 127bhp, making it a likely bet for Singapore too. Transmissions will be CVTs.
The exterior design is all new, based on the Civic concept that was shown off at the New York motor show earlier this year, with a very flat, angular ‘NSX-esque’ front end that features the new Honda ‘wing’ design in chrome, with LED lights (DRL, signal, mainbeam). Honda claims a very thin A-pillar for better visibility.
Under the skin, the new Advanced Compatibility Engineering ACE body has, Honda claims, the highest amount of high strength and ultra-high strength steel ever used in a Civic (59 percent and 14 percent) with a 25.8 percent improvement to torsional rigidity, while the body’s weight has been reduced by 31kg over the previous (US spec) model.
Overall the car’s 105mm long, at 4,630mm, but also wider and lower, with a 30mm increase to wheelbase, while the front and rear track have also been increased considerably, by 48 and 40mm respectively.
Honda also says more rigid mounting points for the suspension and subframe were key steps forward, with a totally new rear multi-link rear suspension unit and electric power steering unit that has a very quick ratio of 2.2 turns lock to lock, which should make keen drivers happy. There’s also a new Agile Handling Assist system, which is an electronic differential lock that brakes the inside front wheel at corner entry for improved dynamics.
The new Civic should also be much more refined with various steps made to reduce NVH - Honda claims acoustic glass for the front windshield, triple door seals, sound absorbing baffles and body undercovers and new fiber carpeting. The company says the new Civic is the most air-sealed to date, with ‘full body air leaks reduced by 58 percent’.
US-spec cars get a comprehensive raft of safety equipment including everything from auto-braking (Collision Mitigation) to Adaptive Cruise Control, although as typical, this will be less relevant to the local market. It’s too early to comment on standard equipment levels, although Honda’s ‘Display Audio’ system is standard on US spec cars, as it is on recent Singapore debuts such as the City and Odyssey, so we can possibly expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for the new Civic too.