2016 Honda Civic Sedan Debuts in Los Angeles
Spy shots leaked a few days ago, but it wasn’t until last night that the all-new, tenth-generation 2016 Honda Civic Sedan received its formal unveiling.
As expected, it looks sportier than Civics of days past… and bigger, too. Honda is bragging that the model’s new platform and package provides an additional 3.7 cubic feet of space, making it the largest cabin in the compact class. In spite of the increased size, though, the new Civic unit body actually weighs 68 pounds less than the outgoing model. Honda also says that new body-sealing techniques have resulted in a 58% reduction in cabin air leaks.
Under the hood, the 2016 Civic offers two new powertrains, both of which represent an increase in power and fuel efficiency. A 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder (with a manual option) will power Civic Sedan LX and EX trims, while EX-T, EX-L, and Touring models will all feature the first turbo ever put into a US Civic: a 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4 (mated to a “unique CVT”).
Although Honda has yet to release specific power or mileage figures for either engine, both are expected to exceed 40 mpg in EPA highway fuel economy ratings.
In terms of tech, the new Civic is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and will be available with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive features.
“This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we’ve ever done,” said Honda executive John Mendel. “We are bringing more new technology and innovative thinking to Civic than ever before to establish a new benchmark for fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance and refinement in the compact class.”
In addition to this Sedan model, the 2016 Honda Civic will also be available as a Coupe, Si, 5-door hatchback, and highly-anticipated Type R. Honda has not yet said when these variants will be revealed.