Honda launches 2016 Civic Sedan in Australia, packing 1.8-liter engine image

The Japanese automaker is preoccupied to launch the all-new generation Civic in various parts of the world and now the model’s sedan version has been launched in Australia with a1.8-liter engine as the entry-level option.

The 2016 Civic Sedan in Australia gets a smaller displacement engine than the 2.0L unit it packs in the United States and the company has also made a promise to also bring the upcoming hatchback and the latest version of the Type R hot hatch, both coming sometimes next year. Down under the model lineup is slightly different than in the US, the base version being called the Civic VTi and kicking off at $22,390 (Australian). Higher specked versions include the VTi-S and VTi-L, with the automaker also offering a Civic RS, though it has no hot credentials. The first engine option is the 1.8-liter naturally aspirated VTEC unit churning out 141 hp and 174 Nm of torque, linked to a CVT gearbox for an average fuel economy of 6.4 l/100km (37 mpg). The next entry is the 1.5-liter turbo with 173 hp and 220 Nm that’s also exclusively mated to a CVT on the RS and VTi-L models. This one has even better mileage credentials: 6.0 l/100km (39 mpg) on the combined cycle.

Honda says the tenth generation of the popular model is a good match for Australian roads, where it was also extensively tested and the credentials include an ultra-rigid body made from high-strength steel, a MacPherson arrangement for the front suspension and a multi-link setup at the back. Pricing starts from $31,790 for the Civic RS, which includes as standard dark chrome door handles, a boot-lid spoiler, a one-touch opening sunroof, LED headlights with auto leveling, 8-way powered leather seats with heating and a 452W premium sound system.