September 21, 2015

Olathe Honda Dealer Recaps 2016 Honda Civic Announcement

Honda decided to reveal details about the 2016 Honda Civic after its initial presentation during the 2015 New York Auto Show on September 16, 2015, via YouTube. The 10th generation Honda Civic has been completely redesigned for a sportier look with more power and technology behind the wheel.

2015 Honda Civic pictured. Image Credit: Honda

2015 Honda Civic pictured. Image Credit: Honda

Honda made news when it was the first manufacturer to offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the 2015 Honda Accord redesign. Now it has been announced that the 2016 Honda Civic will also be the second car ever to feature both technologies. In addition to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the 2016 Civic will offer the Honda Sensing technology for safety when driving. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and adaptive cruise control.

Another exciting thing about the 2016 Honda Civic is the design. When it was unveiled at the New York Auto Show with a sportier, sleeker design upgrade, many critics scoffed that Honda would not maintain the edgier look. But the reveal last Wednesday shows the new Civics will look incredibly similar to the concept presented at the auto show. Digital Trends puts it best, calling the silhouette of the Civic dramatic thanks to the cabin being pushed back and the grille upgrade similar to the CR-V and Accord.

Under the hood, the 2016 Honda Civic will have two all-new 4-cylinder engine options. The first is a 2-liter base direct-injected engine and the second is a turbocharged 1.5-liter, also direct-injected. Customers will have the option of a six-speed manual transmission or the continuously variable transmission (CVT). Projections say the new Civic will get 40 mpg highway.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the sedan will be released first this fall followed by the coupe in the winter. Eventually, the United States will also see a 5-door hatchback from Europe and the Civic Type-R in 2017 for the first time. Honda has also announced that they will make an Si trim level that focuses on performance. No word yet on if there will be a hybrid option.

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