... Continued from page 1 of 2. The new Civic platform is 16 kg lighter than its predecessor, with 52 percent greater torsional stiffness. Honda indicates that to enhance the overall stiffness of the body, the inner frame is assembled before the outer one, then the joints, unlike conventional methods which start by outer frame assembly, followed by inner assembly and the joints.
For the same purpose, the Japanese brand adds that short-pitch welding places spot welds 20 mm apart in critical areas of the unibody, compared to other traditional spacing of between 40 mm and 45 mm, contributing to a 19 a percent increase in the body's global bending rigidity compared to the previous generation Civic, and a 23 percent increase in torsional rigidity.
These details also sound logical as the platform will serve for the higher, D-segment, mid-size Accord model (upcoming 10th generation) and the new, 5th generation Honda CR-V compact SUV.
With the new chassis and suspension, the centre of gravity is 14mm lower (better stability). The front suspension comes with lower-arm type MacPherson struts, with a new rear multi-link geometry and a rigid subframe. A 4-point adaptive damping is available with higher versions.
The new Civic debuts two new turbo-charged petrol (gasoline) engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-litre and a four-cylinder 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO. Both will be available with a newly-designed six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic.
The three-cylinder 1.0 litre VTEC TURBO (12 valves) delivers a maximal torque of 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) at 2,250 rpm with the six-speed manual, and 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) / 1,700 to 4,500 rpm with the CVT. Maximum power is 129 PS (95 kW, 127 bhp) at 5,500 rpm.
With the six-speed manual transmission, the four-cylinder 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO (16 valves) develops 182 PS (134 kW, 180 bhp) at 5,500 rpm and 240 Nm (240 lb-ft) between 1,900 and 5,500 rpm. With the CVT, the same maximum power is reached at 6,000 rpm, with 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) between 1,700 and 6,000 rpm.
The current 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel will join the two petrol engines in the following months, with important improvements for efficiency.
The new seven-inch colour TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) display brings a reconfigured instrument binnacle, with a large digital tachometer and speedometer readout.
The driver can switch between infotainment screens (navigation, SMS, email text display with voice activated responses, audio track information, smartphone contacts, journey trip information, and vehicle maintenance information).
The new Civic is available with the second-generation of Honda’s Connect infotainment and connectivity system, with full smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay for the iPhone (iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later) and Android Auto (5.0 and higher) for Android smartphones, displaying the interface through the new built-in display.
Supported CarPlay apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and other compatible third-party software, while Android Auto supports Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and other apps.
Audio configuration options go from a four-speaker 160 watt output, to an eight-speaker 180 watt output, or an eleven-speaker system (465 watt).
Optional with Honda Connect, Garmin satellite navigation comes with pre-loaded maps, free map updates for five years, photo-real junction views, lane guidance, real-time traffic avoidance, 3D building and terrain views, and Eco Routing.
Standard across the range, Honda Sensing consists of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies, combining radar, camera information and sensors to alert / assist the driver in potentially critical situations, such as:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System: helps to stop the car if a collision with a vehicle in front becomes unavoidable.
- Lane Departure Warning: detects and warns if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated.
- Lane Keeping Assist System: helps to keep the car in the middle of its lane, by detecting road markings and making small steering adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines.
- Road Departure Mitigation: processes continuously flowing data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering off the road. It uses the electric power steering assistance to keep the vehicle in lane, and can apply braking in certain situations.
- Adaptive Cruise Control: allows the setting of specific speed and distance from a vehicle detected ahead.
- Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR): detects road signs and displays them on the car’s instrument binnacle.
- Intelligent Speed Assistance: combines the automatic speed limit set by the driver with TSR to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that indicated by the last road sign.
- Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC): Predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ on multi-lane highways.
Other safety technologies in the new Civic include:
- Blind Spot Information: radar technology detects and alerts of vehicles in the driver’s blind spot.
- Cross Traffic Monitor: rear side radar sensors warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing.
- Multi-angle rear view camera: assists the driver with complete visibility when reversing, at a 130 degree view, a wider 180 degree view and a top-down view.
New Civic comes with standard Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering. Depending on versions, the front lamp clusters get either sharp high-tech LED headlights or projector halogen bulbs. All models feature LED daytime running lights and C-shaped LED rear lights.
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