The new Honda Civic model has arrived on our shores and it is packed with innovative features such as the Walk Away Auto Lock, system that automatically locks the car doors once the key is approximately 2,5 metres away from the vehicle. Other features include Remote Engine Start, and Brake Hold. Of course, as with all new car models, it also features a seven-inch touch screen digital audio system.
Advanced full LED headlights and LED daytime running lights are fitted to the 1,5-litre TURBO models for the first time, with the remaining models in the range equipped with projector-type halogen units. LED daytime running lights are standard on all models. At the rear, the new Civic’s characteristic bracketed tail light design has been re-interpreted with eye-catching LED light bars on either side.
A selection of futuristic-looking 16 and 17-inch wheel designs completes the sophisticated and athletic design. The interior features a new high-deck centre console that encompasses key features such as the all-new Electric Parking Brake and Brake Hold function.
To reduce cabin noise and further enhance ride quality, the interior package is fitted with lightweight sound proofing materials. This includes underbody coverings and a noise isolation door system. Leather seats (heated in front) are standard on all but the entry-level model, and the steering wheel offers tilt and telescopic adjustment.
Rear-seat knee space has increased by 55 mm, along with further gains in shoulder room for the rear occupants. Boot capacity has also improved by 20 percent. Ahead of the driver is a completely new advanced full-colour LCD multi-information cluster. An extensive range of advanced technologies have been introduced in the all-new Civic to make driving easier and safer, while also increasing driver and passenger comfort.
One of the most exciting new features is the advanced interface provided by the high-resolution, seven-inch- WVGA LCD display that forms the centrepiece for the digital audio system. The expansive display can be viewed from both driver and passenger seats, and the air-conditioning can also be operated on the display panel.
The innovative system enables connection with numerous smartphone functions, including maps for ease of navigation operation. The system is also compatible with various media formats, and can be operated by controls conveniently located on the multifunction steering wheel.
In addition, a switch on the steering wheel can perform alphabet searches and switching of content. A separate switch for the volume, which is frequently used, has also been added.
Additional advanced safety features, includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Following, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane watch with side-sensing cameras.
The latest Honda Civic also featuring an all-new 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO engine that features Honda’s ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ – the company’s next generation set of technological advancements for driving performance and fuel efficiency. The 1.5 VTEC TURBO engine produces an exceptional 127 kW of maximum power at 5 500 r/min, along with 220 Nm of maximum torque – the latter available in a broad range between 1 700 and 5 500 r/min to enhance all-round drivability.
These outputs are comparable to a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated engine, but offer the equivalent fuel economy of Honda Jazz. However the new Civic is also available with a refined and updated version of the 1,8-litre SOHC i-VTEC naturally aspirated engine. It produces 104 kW and 6 500 r/min, allied to a torque peak of 174 Nm at 4 300 r/min.
The car is priced from N$330 000 for the 1.8 litre base model and tops at N$460 000 for the 1.5 litre top of the range model. The recommended retail pricing includes a five-year/200 000 km warranty, a five-year/90 000 km service plan.