Honda gives ninth-generation family car bolder, evolutionary look and promises to be better to drive than ever

Honda is preparing to launch an all-new Civic model fully equipped to take on the class-leading Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

The designers of the new Civic wanted to keep the sporty and advanced elements of the car’s character but tailor them to communicate the new model’s more dynamic feel. Sources of inspiration included a ‘blended wing body’ aeroplane in which the fuselage and wings blend into a single body for superior aerodynamic performance.

According to the automaker, all of the body components on the new Civic have been redesigned with particular focus on ride and handling, reduced CO2 emissions, design and interior quality, while retaining the class-leading cabin, boot space and practicality. The result, says Honda, is the most aerodynamic car in its class, with a claimed drag coefficient of 0.27.

Inside, the styling is very similar to the outgoing Civic 5d with a double layered dashboard combining both analogue and digital displays. Honda says it has improved interior quality as well as passenger space.
The new 2012 Civic, which will again be built at Honda’s Swindon plant in UK, uses a platform adapted from the one used on today’s car. So big change here. The as-yet-unconfirmed exterior dimensions are believed to remain largely unchanged, but the wheelbase is actually about 30mm shorter than before because extra safety equipment has been incorporated.
Under the hood, Honda’s 1.4 and 1.8 petrol motors live on, but the headlines will be scooped up by the diesel. The 2.2 liter diesel engine generates 150bhp, but at the same time gets massively more economical. The 110g/km CO2 rating is about as good as you can get without capitulating to dreary performance.

The new Honda Civic will be launched tomorrow at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).


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