Honda has revealed its all-new Civic sedan in North-American guise, announcing that its staple small sedan will be available for the first time with a turbocharged engine, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a suite of active electronic safety aids.
Measuring some 50mm wider, 25mm lower and with a 30mm longer wheelbase than the current model, the new Civic features a shorter front overhang, more interior space and a larger boot.
The front seat hip point has been dropped by roughly 25mm to improve headroom and impart a sportier feel to the driving position, while an acoustically-insulated windscreen, triple-sealed door apertures and more sound dampening materials reduce cabin noise.
And in America at least, the Civic sedan will take on an air of luxury with high-grade models getting power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, heated front and outboard rear seats, dual-zone climate control and adaptive cruise control.
Autonomous emergency braking will also be available within the range, as will lane keep assist - or as Honda calls it, "Road Departure Mitigation".
Two new engines have been confirmed for the US-market Civic sedan, with the base model motor being a 2.0-liter 16-valve twin-cam inline four with Honda's iVTEC variable cam technology, driving the front wheels through a six-speed manual or CVT auto.
Higher-grade Civics can be had with Honda's new 1.5 litre Earth Dreams turbo four-cylinder, available exclusively in the USA with a CVT automatic.
Though Honda isn't going into specific numbers just yet, it bills its new turbo four as the most powerful engine fitted to a non-Si Civic in North America. Figures released by Honda in 2013 indicate power and torque could be as high as 150kW and 260Nm.
Handling gets a leg-up thanks to the new Civic's 23 percent stiffer bodyshell, which is also 30kg lighter than the current model.
Variable-ratio steering and brake vectoring are other new features of the 2016 Civic sedan, and roll resistance will be increased through thicker stabiliser bars.
The 2016 Civic sedan is opening salvo in Honda's Civic-led product offensive, and spearheads the arrival of a five door hatch and two door coupe. High-performance Si and Type-R models will also be a part of the Civic portfolio.
At this stage it's unclear when the next-generation Civic will come to our shores and in what specification, but with the current model roughly halfway through its life cycle there may be a couple more years before we see a local debut.
Honda Australia has been contacted for comment.
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