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EU-spec Honda Civic hatch unveiled


After being pictured undisguised last week, Honda has released official details of the European version its new Civic hatch, set for local introduction next year.

Measuring 30 mm wider and 130 mm longer than the outgoing ninth generation model, the new FC Civic features shorter front and rear overhangs and the option of projector-type LED headlights depending on selected spec.

Boasting a completely redesigned rear end and a 20 mm lower roofline than before, the newcomer also rides on a new unibody platform claimed to be 16 kg lighter than before, as well as being 52% stiffer. Featuring revised front and rear suspension setups, the FC also sits 10 mm lower to the ground than previously, which Honda claims benefits ride comfort without sacrificing on dynamic ability.

Power-wise, the Civic will be offered in a choice of two turbocharged VTEC petrol engine and two transmission options, with a turbodiesel expected at a later stage.

Starting the range off, the new blown 1.0-litre three cylinder produces 95 kW and 200 N.m of torque when mated with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the latter falling to 180 N.m when paired with the optional CVT. Already available in the Civic sedan, the 1.5-litre engine churns out 134 kW and 240 N.m of torque, the latter again dropping by 20 N.m when mated with the CVT.

Inside, the interior layout mimics that of the sedan, although both head and shoulder are claimed to have been improved over the old hatch. Boot space is a "class leading" 478-litres while 45 mm of knee room is said to have been freed up.

Connectivity has also been boosted with the hatch boasting a seven-inch TFT instrument display and a similarly sized touchscreen infotainment system, incorporating Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and optional satellite navigation.

New safety items, under Honda's Safety of Everyone philosophy, includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Cross Traffic Monitoring, Blind Spot Assist and multi-angle rear view mirror.

Local pricing is expected to be announced closer to the Civic hatch's launch date.


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