25 Jan 2018 ID: 125516

2018 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC

2018 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC

Contents

 

1. Introduction: All-new Civic diesel exhibits best ever dynamics, refinement and sophistication

 

2. Sporty, fresh and distinctive exterior design

 

3. Newly engineered from the ground up, the all-new platform was developed for an engaging and dynamic driving experience

 

4. Comprehensively revised 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine delivers outstanding real-world efficiency and refinement

 

5. Class-leading interior space with improved usability

 

6. Next-generation Honda Connect delivers enhanced, more intuitive connected infotainment

 

7. Standard Honda SENSING across the range makes new Civic one of the safest cars in its class

 

8. Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) - the production hub for the Civic hatchback and 1.6 i-DTEC engine

 

9. Accessories

 

10. Technical specifications

 

 

 

1. Introduction: All-new Civic diesel exhibits best ever dynamics, refinement and sophistication

 

  • Sporty, sophisticated and distinctive design
  • Engineered to deliver an engaging and dynamic driving experience
  • Comprehensively revised 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine delivers outstanding real-world efficiency and refinement
  • Retains class-leading interior space with improved usability
  • Next-generation Honda Connect delivers enhanced intuitive operation
  • Honda SENSING makes new Civic one of the safest cars in its class

 

The tenth-generation Honda Civic is now available in Europe as a dynamic five-door diesel hatchback. It represents a significant step forward for Honda in the C-segment, benefiting from the largest single model global development programme in the company’s history.

 

The Civic is a core model for Honda in Europe and has been at the heart of the brand’s strong sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. For many European customers the Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand and the development team targeted a dynamic rejuvenation of Civic to place it in a league of its own.

 

“The creation of this tenth-generation Civic represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new model developments ever undertaken by Honda,” said Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader. “As well as an unprecedented commitment of R&D resources, the process involved sales and manufacturing operations around the world, from North America and Japan, to Europe, South America and Asia. This car, the sportiest Civic ever, sets new benchmarks for the compact class in terms of dynamic performance, fuel efficiency, spaciousness, safety and interior quality.”

 

Achieving class leadership – while also meeting requirements for sales price, fuel efficiency and manufacturability – demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, vehicle aerodynamics and chassis design. The development team rallied around the core project slogan ‘otokomae’ to create a strong clarity of purpose. Otokamae embodies a sense of grace and elegance as well as an inner beauty.

 

The development team conducted extensive real-world benchmark testing, including assessment of European luxury vehicles, in setting the targets for ride, handling, steering and NVH, as well as interior quality and overall refinement.

 

Building on its 40-year heritage, the car stays true to the original Civic concept of “a car for all people, a car for the world”. It is a marriage of distinctive design, sporty styling and versatile practicality – with a renewed focus on rewarding driving dynamics.

 

The purposeful silhouette makes a confident statement about the Civic’s sporty character. Wider, longer, and lower than any of its predecessors, the all-new Civic has short overhangs and taut lines that reference the high levels of aerodynamic efficiency. A sharp and aggressive ‘face’, pronounced wheel-arches and sculpted front and rear intakes hint at the Civic’s sporting character.

 

The all-new Civic has been engineered from the ground up to fulfil the promise of agile and rewarding dynamics. A lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell – the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques – complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated new suspension system in contributing directly to an engaging and fun driving experience.

 

The new wider, longer platform results in class-leading interior space. The entirely new interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, exceptional refinement and high-grade materials. The seating position is a major change against the ninth generation car, sited lower to give the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car, enhanced by greatly improved visibility to the front of new Civic. The new Civic builds on the model’s reputation for combining unrivalled passenger and luggage space with versatile, practical usability. The second-generation of Honda’s infotainment and connectivity system incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

 

Alongside the new Civic i-DTEC diesel, the range also includes two new VTEC TURBO petrol engines.

 

The Honda SENSING suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies available across the range ensures the car is among the very safest in its class.

 

The new Civic five-door hatchback is built in Europe at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility and exported globally.

 

The concepts, approach and technologies embodied by the all-new Civic present an affirmation of Honda’s position as a sporty and advanced brand, while also confirming Honda’s commitment to Europe and the compact segment.

 

 


 

2. Sporty, fresh and distinctive exterior design

 

  • Dramatic next-generation interpretation of signature Civic design
  • Lower, wider and longer than previous model for a sleeker silhouette and sure-footed, muscular stance
  • Class-leading aerodynamics

 

With an assertive new stance and advanced aerodynamics, the all-new Civic advances design into the next era. The sleek and swept back silhouettes articulate a fresh and distinctive new Honda design direction that conveys a strong and sporty character. The sharp lines are complemented by the most comprehensive aerodynamic packaging in the compact segment, including complete underbody panelling.

 

The athletic look starts with low and wide proportions which reflect an increased footprint. The new Civic is 30 mm wider, 136 mm longer and 20 mm lower than the previous-generation model. These generous dimensions underpin the distinctive design and sporty styling, while also facilitating rewarding dynamics and increased interior space.

 

New larger and wider wheels and tyres further emphasise the wide stance, while the long wheelbase, short front overhang and sweeping cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

 

“What we sought to instil in the completely rejuvenated new Civic was genuine charisma,” comments Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader. “While this has to come from more than the styling, the athletic external appearance must allude to the dynamic attributes and technologies that lie within.”

 

Sporty and sophisticated design details include a short front overhang with distinctive large air intakes for a more purposeful stature. The result is a sharp and aggressive contemporary interpretation of Honda’s family ‘face’, incorporating signature Honda front headlight clusters.

 

The top edges of the front light clusters meet the top of the grille at the leading edge of the bonnet to create a neat, seamless, accented strip across the full width of the car, helping to project a wide, sure-footed stance. Depending on the model grade, the thin, high-tech front lamp clusters feature either sharp high-tech LED headlights or projector halogen bulbs. All models feature LED daytime running lights that illuminate a hockey-stick shaped strip at the outer edge of the cluster.

 

The sleek and swept-back body contour lines continue along the flanks of the car, with a swage line which bisects front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights.

 

A second, lower bodyside character line extends from the base of the front door behind the front wheel, up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, creating a forward-in-motion look that emphasises the car’s dynamic potential.

 

The sleek roofline, featuring a fin-type antenna, flows into C-pillars that extend the dynamic shape rearward. Distinctive peaks on the roof rise from the top of the C-pillars towards the top corners of the rear screen and meet the ‘floating’ roof spoiler. A second, lower tailgate spoiler incorporates the central third brake light.

 

The rear bumper’s sharp creases and sculpted air outlets complete a dramatic and sporty look. The overall effect is sleek, sophisticated dynamism with distinctive and thoroughly modern Civic exterior design.

 

The new Civic is available in seven exterior paint finishes: solid Rallye Red, metallic Lunar Silver, Polished Metal and Brilliant Sporty Blue, and pearlescent White Orchid, Crystal Black and Sonic Grey.

 

Class-leading aerodynamics

The Civic’s development team sought to achieve the most aerodynamically efficient body in the compact class, balancing low aerodynamic drag with high-speed stability. It achieved this through careful management of airflow over and under the car to minimise lift.

 

On the new Civic, the CdA – the combination of coefficient of drag (Cd) and frontal area (A) – is improved by three percent over its predecessor to best-in-class levels, based on Honda internal test data.

 

Advanced designs for the A-pillar and front and rear bumpers minimise disturbance of the passing air and the front grille is shaped to reduce engine cooling air losses. Under-engine and under-floor covers provide an almost entirely flat vehicle underside, while lateral strakes located ahead of each wheel-arch help deflect airflow around the tyres. These measures contribute to airflow efficiency and reduce the aerodynamic drag for both body styles, while a new design of alloy wheel results in a further four percent reduction compared to the previous-generation Civic.

 

The short front overhang also contributes to improved aerodynamic efficiency, while stamped steel exhaust silencers are aerodynamically shaped and eliminate the need for an additional underside cover at the rear of the vehicle.

 

The flush-mounted windscreen and side window glass and minimised panel gaps further improve aerodynamic performance.

 

The lower tailgate spoiler plays an important role in managing the flow of the air departing the rear of the car. It is specifically designed, with precisely configured width and height, to create a clean air stream by reducing the turbulence behind the car, increasing the Civic’s aerodynamic efficiency.

 

 


 

3. Newly engineered from the ground up, the all-new platform was developed for an engaging and dynamic driving experience

 

  • New Civic is the result of the largest single model development programme in Honda’s history
  • The most engaging and fun Civic driving experience ever
  • Lower, more sporty driving position
  • New suspension setup delivers exceptional handling and ride comfort
  • Advanced NVH management delivers class-leading interior refinement

 

Recognising that customers in the all-new Civic’s target global markets now expect European standards of quality, refinement and dynamic performance, the Civic development team planned Honda’s biggest ever single model engineering programme to create an entirely new car from the ground up.

 

The objective was to realise a dynamic rejuvenation of the Civic that would make it competitive with the best in the segment. From the earliest stage of platform development, the engineering team benchmarked the world’s best compact-class cars, including those from leading European premium brands. This evaluation process ultimately served to define the new Civic’s targets in ride, handling, steering and NVH, as well as interior quality and overall refinement.

 

“From the very first stages, we defined our number-one objective for this new Civic as the creation of soulful performance,” said Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader. “Dynamic performance targets were set and achieved through an exhaustive, gruelling regime of testing and development. The result is a platform that provides both superior driving stability and refinement, as well as a confidence-building, low-slung driving position.”

 

Despite the ambitious engineering programme, the new Civic still meets the requirements of “a car for all people, a car for the world” by retaining its position as an affordable compact car in terms of cost, fuel efficiency and manufacturability. As such, the development process demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis design. 

 

The global programme – unprecedented in its scale for Honda – incorporated the five-door, four-door, coupe and Type R variants as part of a single development project that aimed to exceed benchmark European quality and performance standards.

 

Development driving of the new Civic diesel was carried out through extensive on-road testing across Germany and UK.

 

Advanced new unibody platform

The new platform’s design, the selection of materials, the engineering process, and novel manufacturing techniques have been key to creating a lighter, significantly more rigid structure. It is 16 kg lighter than that of the previous generation Civic, while exhibiting 52 percent greater torsional stiffness. The improvements in rigidity and the design of the unibody contributed significant improvements to NVH characteristics.

 

Significant platform design features include front and rear bulkhead ‘rings’ that encircle the entire interior cabin space. Further platform rigidity is provided by a low-sensitivity front-floor structure, including cross braces in front of the engine bay and between the bases of the A- and B-pillars.

 

The lightweight, high tensile materials employed across the structure improve body rigisity and crush safety. Hot stamped steel was applied to a wider area than in previous Civic models (up from six percent to 12 percent).

 

The use of ultra-high strength steel increases the strength and reduces the overall weight of the entire body frame. For example, one of the most significant areas for the platform’s overall strength is the B-pillar and lower sill.

 

Further innovation is employed in the body’s assembly process, which involves an innovative high-efficiency joining technique. The entire inner frame is assembled first, followed by the outer frame, and then the joints. This defies the conventional method of body frame assembly, which sees the outer frame assembled first, followed by inner assembly and the joints. This new production technology contributes greatly to the overall stiffness of the body.

 

Short-pitch welding places spot welds 20 mm apart in critical areas of the unibody, compared to traditional spacing of between 40 mm and 45 mm. This further contributes to increased stiffness and durability.

 

These design, engineering and manufacturing innovations result in a significant increase in the body's global bending rigidity (up 65 percent) compared to the previous generation Civic, and a similar improvement in torsional rigidity (up 41 percent). This in turn provides a greater opportunity to tune the suspension for superior ride and handling performance.

 

The most agile and dynamically proficient Civic ever

The advanced platform provides an optimised foundation for the most sophisticated chassis dynamics set up in the Civic model’s history. The design team set themselves the target of achieving class-best handling and ride comfort.

 

All-new suspension, a lower centre of gravity and a boost in body rigidity help make this latest generation Civic the most engaging and fun-to-drive ever. Ride comfort is exemplary as a result of exhaustive development and a focus on compliance-boosting techniques and technologies.

 

The Civic’s fuel tank has been relocated and the car’s floor is lower than that of the previous model. This change, combined with revisions to the chassis and suspension, mean its centre of gravity is 10 mm lower than its predecessor’s. The driving position is also set nearer to the road in both models, with lower hip points (35 mm lower), giving a more sporty feel.

 

At the front, lower-arm-type front MacPherson strut suspension provides high lateral rigidity for linear handling, and low longitudinal rigidity for optimised ride compliance. The dual pinion variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has been specifically tuned for European markets. The dual pinion system was pioneered on the 2015 Civic Type R performance hatchback; similar technologies are conventionally deployed by car manufacturers only on premium or performance vehicles.

 

Feedback from the electric power steering (EPS) system is exceptional thanks to the development team’s focus on achieving instantaneous response, precise traceability, sophisticated smoothness, and a sense of secure predictability.

 

Vibration transfer to the steering wheel is minimised by increasing the steering column diameter and locating the lightweight steering motor on the dual pinion rack, rather than in the conventional position on the steering column. So crucial was the steering feel in the overall platform’s objectives for dynamic performance that development of the EPS started at the very earliest stages of the platform’s engineering programme.

 

At the rear of the car, an all-new rear multi-link suspension set-up and new rigid subframe deliver high stability for superior ride comfort and secure driving at high speed, as well as more linear handling in conjunction with the EPS tuning.

 

Great attention was paid to the specific position of the suspension mounts to ensure optimal stiffness to enhance the suspension’s performance. For the first time on any Honda model, hydraulic fluid-filled compliance bushings at the front and rear result in superior ride isolation, as well as chassis vibration control. Furthermore, the new subframes at the front and the rear are specifically laid out so that cornering forces are transmitted more directly through the suspension to the subframes.

 

Adaptive Damper System

Selected top-grade models feature an advanced four-point adaptive damper system that was introduced as a world-first on the 2014 Civic Tourer.

 

The system allows the driver to select damping force from two modes according to driving conditions. This allows the car to remain comfortable during highway cruising, yet firm and agile when high-performance handling is required. The system has twosettings – normal and dynamic – both of which have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions. An electronic control unit calculates the body movement from data acquired by the car’s integrated three-axis body sensors. It then controls a solenoid valve in each damper that regulates the oil flow, which in turn varies the damping force.

 

Agile Handling Assist (AHA)

Honda’s Agile Handling Assist (AHA) electronic stability system has been specially tuned for the European market to reflect typical road surface conditions and driving styles. It provides subtle, discreet assistance for added safety and smoother, more predictable vehicle behaviour at low and high speeds, and with both gentle and rapid steering inputs.

 

Class-leading refinement

The new Civic’s platform engineering and exterior design deliver class-leading interior quietness and refinement through optimal noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) management. Exemplary refinement results from minimising the generation of noise and vibration and their transfer through the body structure, and by using thorough sound sealing and insulation.

 

The minimisation of engine noise at its source results from a variety of different strategies. For example, ribs in the engine cylinder block reduce the radiation of noise and vibration from the cylinder, while a stiffer block also generates less noise and vibration. Not only was the stiffness of the engine mounts optimised, but also the position and stiffness of the engine mount stays on the bodyside.

 

Transfer of disturbances through the body structure is reduced by the inherently stiffer body, which has a lower sensitivity to vibration, and identification of noise transfer paths helped engineers optimise structures in those areas to minimise transfer and radiation NVH.

 

To deal with noise that emanates from outside the car, comprehensive body sealing and streamlining measures were deployed.

 

Larger body panels on the all-new Civic are shaped and sculpted using computer aided engineering (CAE) to reduce ‘booming’, while the material combination between the A- and B-pillars and the floor sills reduces idle vibration.

 

An acoustic windscreen uses an outer layer of 2.1 mm safety glass, a 0.7 mm middle layer of noise-reducing acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB), and a 1.8 mm inner layer of safety glass, for a total thickness of 4.6 mm – all combining to deliver class-leading wind-noise performance. And the Civic’s doors feature triple-layer seals to reduce the ingress of wind and other exterior noise.

 

To minimise the intrusion of road noise, the new Civic’s engine bay and floor under-covers contains sound insulation materials, as do the rear wheel housings. The engine bay bulkhead, dashboard inner and outer panels, and interior cabin carpet all incorporate further soundproofing composites.

 

The greatly increased refinement means a quieter, more relaxing interior with fewer distractions for the driver, allowing them to focus on the engaging experience behind the wheel.

 

 

 


 

4. Comprehensively revised 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine delivers outstanding real-world efficiency and refinement

 

  • Athletic response, low CO2 emissions and high real-world fuel economy
  • Friction-reducing technologies improve refinement and contribute to lower NOx emissions
  • New forged steel pistons reduce cooling loss within the engine block
  • Upgraded engine assembled at Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon

 

Honda has comprehensively revised its 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine for the all-new Honda Civic range, offering an outstanding combination of performance and efficiency. The development objective for this engine upgrade was to deliver an athletic response and agile feeling for the driver, greater refinement through precision technologies, and lower levels of NOx emissions.

 

The four-cylinder 1,597cc i-DTEC diesel engine provides maximum power of 120 PS (88 kW) at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 300Nm (221 lb ft) at 2,000 rpm, powering the Civic from zero to 62 mph in 10.5 seconds. CO2 emissions (under the updated NEDC test conditions*) are from 93 g/km, when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. Combined fuel economy figures under the updated test conditions* 80.1 mpg.

 

The improvements to the 1.6-litre diesel include enhancements to reduce cylinder friction, improve the efficiency of NOx conversion, and to further develop the driveability of the car. Honda’s engineers have employed new production processes, introduced different materials, and sourced next-generation components to deliver a comprehensively-revised engine.

 

Lightweight aluminium structure

Honda’s 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine is comprised of a lightweight aluminium cylinder head joined to an all-aluminium, open-deck, high-pressure, die-cast engine block to minimise the engine’s weight.

 

In the revised i-DTEC unit, the external design has been enhanced, with additional cast ribs added to the surface of the cylinder block. These ribs increase structural rigidity and, consequently, improve the management of noise, vibration and harshness.

 

The lightweight dual-overhead camshaft (DOHC) cylinder head is made of pressure-cast aluminium alloy. In this re-engineered unit, the head requires less reinforcement thanks to improved cooling in the block, so the thickness – and therefore weight – of the aluminium structure has been reduced. The new component is 280 grams lighter than in the previous generation 1.6-litre i-DTEC, representing a 2% reduction.

 

Pistons and connecting rods

In the previous 1.6 i-DTEC, the pistons were made from aluminium. In the revised i-DTEC engine, the pistons are manufactured from steel. The use of forged steel reduces cooling loss. It prevents thermal energy from escaping to the engine block and makes it possible to improve thermal efficiency. This change enables the cylinder head to be thinner and lighter, but with no detriment to durability. A high-strength, lightweight slender crankshaft is also used to further minimise weight.

 

Friction-reducing technology

A key target for Honda’s development engineers working on the previous 1.6 i-DTEC was to reduce the mechanical friction of the diesel engine to the level usually associated with a petrol engine. With this new, revised 1.6 i-DTEC unit, the development has been taken a step further, with additional friction-reducing technologies.

 

The new 1.6 i-DTEC engine features ‘super plateau honing’, which lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinder bores by creating an ultra-smooth surface. Plateau honing is a two-stage machining method that uses two grinding processes instead of the more conventional single honing process.

 

Lower friction generates less heat, and so the plateau honing also contributes to a lower maximum combustion pressure (Pmax) in the cylinders: from 15.8 MPa in the previous 1.6 i-DTEC to 14.6 MPa in the newly-revised engine. By lowering temperature and pressure during combustion, Honda has been able to improve fuel economy from the 1.6 i-DTEC engine, even while introducing additional technologies to reduce the NOx produced – which would typically increase fuel consumption.

 

Smoother internal mechanisms help to improve efficiency; they also improve the engine’s response, making the car feel more athletic to drive. 

 

Next-generation efficient turbocharger

The revised 1.6 i-DTEC employs a turbocharger with a new design. It features a highly efficient variable-nozzle design and its rotational speed is precisely controlled by the car’s electronics, minimising turbo lag and providing an optimal combination of low- to mid-range pull and high-speed performance. Energy loss from the system is lower than in the previous i-DTEC, thanks to a new design of compressor in the turbocharger.

 

Efficient fuel injection system and engine air flow

The 1.6-litre engine uses a solenoid fuel injection system that is capable of operating at a high pressure of 1800bar. The higher the fuel pressure, the more rapidly it is injected, with finer atomization of the fuel spray that mixes with the air in the chamber. This results in a cleaner and more efficient combustion helping to achieve low emissions and fuel consumption.

 

The i-DTEC’s cylinders have high volumetric efficiency, featuring a high-intake flow and a high-swirl head port that precisely controls the combustion process to reduce hot spots that create unwanted emissions. The engine air flow is managed by using an EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system that operates at high and low pressure to reduce NOx emissions.

 

Honda has made a number of adjustments to the injectors to reduce emissions. The addition of post injection at lower vehicle speeds increases the exhaust temperature and enables earlier activation of the catalytic converter, and an increase in pilot injection frequency also helps to reduce NOx levels. At higher speeds, where regeneration of the particulate filter may occur, multiple post injections have been applied to reduce oil dilution and help to maintain efficient engine performance.

 


 

Low emissions technology

Honda’s new 1.6 i-DTEC is one of the first engines to be officially tested through the Real Driving Emission (RDE) procedure to validate NOx and particulate emission levels. The diesel powertrain has a new NOx Storage Converter (NSC) system with a higher processing cell density, which enables faster conversion and a reduction in emissions. A silver thin-coated particulate filter further improves the combustion efficiency of particulate matter and increases the combustion speed of soot under regeneration. extending exhaust component durability, due to shorter heat production in the particular filter.

 

 

Real Driving Emission (RDE) tests measure the pollutants such as NOx emitted by cars while driven on the road. RDE tests run alongside the laboratory-based test cycles such as NEDC and WLTP to ensure the delivery of low emissions from vehicles during on-road conditions throughout Europe.

 

Idle Stop-Start

The Civic 1.6-litre i-DTEC is fitted with Honda’s Idle Stop system as standard. The system reduces overall fuel consumption and helps to deliver CO2 emissions of just 93 g/km, when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission (under the updated NEDC test conditions)*.

 

Revised six-speed manual transmission

A smooth and precise shift feel results from an enhanced synchroniser ring in the synchro-mesh gear of the six-speed manual transmission. The gear change friction is reduced by 40 percent compared to the previous generation Civic and is among the class best.

 

A constant-mesh helical reverse gear mechanism significantly reduces noise, and the dual mass flywheel also contributes to improved management of noise, vibration and harshness.

 

A nine-speed automatic transmission will bolster the Civic’s powertrain options from mid-2018, representing its first ever application in a two-wheel drive car.

 

* Honda internal data on the NEDC cycle according to Regulation (EC) No 692/2008 with the tightened test conditions prescribed by Regulation (EU) 2017/1153.

 


 

5. Class-leading interior space with improved usability

 

  • All-new Civic is more spacious than the previous model
  • More room for passengers and luggage
  • Premium cabin quality, new LCD instrument binnacle layout and versatile two-tier ‘technology centre’ console
  • Innovative side-sliding tonneau cover in the boot

 

The all-new Civic is set to continue the model’s reputation for providing class-leading practicality and unrivalled passenger and cargo space. High quality materials, a simple and sophisticated design theme, and new digital instrument binnacle display provide a fresh, premium interior ambience.

 

“The charismatic exterior design continues inside,” explains Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader. “It is a modern cabin in which advanced technologies and high quality materials naturally work together to create an enhanced level of space and comfort. Meanwhile the overriding sense of well-being is achieved through exceptional visibility, as well as an unmistakable feeling of safety and security. This is at the heart of our achievement in redefining the compact car the Honda way.”

 

More spacious passenger cabin

Aided in part by the longer, wider platform and longer wheelbase, front seat and rear seat occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space in which to enjoy the premium fit and finish.

 

The driving position is 35 mm lower than in the previous generation Civic to create a more secure, enveloped feeling for the driver and front passenger. A-pillars that are 15 percent thinner reduce the obstructed forward view and provide a class-leading 84.3 degrees of forward visibility. This also creates an open and airy feel to the cabin.

 

Ergonomically-optimised front seats are designed to provide high levels of comfort. The front seats have 10 mm greater fore / aft slide range, and 10 mm greater height range adjustment than the previous Civic. Front seats in top grade vehicles feature 14 steps of adjustment to ensure the optimal seating position, as well as electrically-adjustable lumbar support for both driver and passenger.

 

Front shoulder room has been increased by 10 mm, and there is also more space between the front seats. Rear seat shoulder room is up by 20 mm, while passengers in the back will also enjoy more space in which to relax (95 mm more legroom, 45 mm more knee room).

 

A light, airy feeling is further accomplished with the large tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof (available on higher grade models).

 

Class-leading boot space and versatility

Boot space remains class-leading in terms of volume (478 litres), as well as ease of access and versatility. The rear seats split / fold 60:40 and the low sill height (679mm) and wide boot opening (1,120 mm) combine with the flat boot floor to make the loading of large, heavy items easy. A hidden underfloor compartment (on all but S, Sport and Sport Plus models) offers a secure storage area.

 

An innovative side-sliding tonneau cover enhances the boot’s versatility and ease-of-use. The retractable cover can be pulled out from a side-mounted ‘cassette’ quickly and easily; when loading tall objects, the cover can simply be unclipped to retract back into the cassette. This eliminates the need to remove and store – inside or outside the car – a rigid parcel shelf when carrying larger objects. If desired the compact tonneau cover cassette can be easily swapped from one side of the boot to the other, or can be removed completely.

 

Premium interior design and quality

The all-new interior is designed to offer the most comfortable and sophisticated cabin in the compact class and gives the all-new Civic a thoroughly modern, sleek and simple aesthetic to complement the sharply sculpted exterior. This is achieved with horizontal lines that accentuate the feeling of width and length, and therefore spaciousness.

 

A sophisticated, premium ambience is augmented by cabin trim finished in high-quality materials, including a one-piece soft-touch instrument panel with moulded stitching and premium seat fabrics. Full leather upholstery is standard on top-grade models.

 

‘Technology centre’ console

The centre console features a piano-black finish, and was designed to follow a ‘technology centre’ theme.

 

The lower part in front of the gear lever is configured as a two-tier storage tray, specifically with the management of personal electronic devices in mind. The front tray provides at-a-glance and grab-and-go access to devices, with an integrated wireless smartphone charging pad available on some grades.

 

The second tray behind the centre console provides a more discreet storage area and access to the HDMI and USB ports , as well as the 12v power socket. A hole through the centre console means that plugged in cables can be passed from the second tier tray to the front tray, helping to keep cable connectivity and device charging and connectivity neat and tidy. LED lighting aids visibility for the two-tier tray layout at night.

 

Above the storage tray, a contrasting silver panel presents the few simple, uncluttered ventilation controls, while overhead LED lighting adds to the premium ambience.

 

At the top of the centre console sits the seven-inch Honda Connect colour touchscreen display (please see next section). As well as being a touch-control device for the infotainment and climate control functions, the display integrates with a reversing camera on the top grades.

 

In front of the driver, a completely new instrument display layout provides vivid clarity and highly intuitive usability. A new seven-inch colour TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) display makes up the largest central section of the all-new reconfigured instrument binnacle. It includes a large digital tachometer – with analogue or digital rev needle, depending on the model grade – and a digital speedometer readout. Integrated into the DII display is a large area in which the driver can switch between a variety of infotainment screens, including navigation instructions, SMS and email (complemented by voice activated responses), audio track information, smartphone contacts, journey trip information, and smart vehicle maintenance information.

 

This primary display is flanked by coolant-temperature and fuel-level gauges, again on TFT-LCD displays. All the displays are high contrast, easy-to-read, and contemporary in their typeface. As the driver enters the car, the instrumentation illuminates progressively to give a sophisticated, warm welcome.

 

Scrolling and selecting the information to display in the DII is performed via thumbpad controls on the left spoke of the steering wheel. It gives the driver the capability to scroll through the DII modes and adjust settings, perform alphabetic searches – of contacts or music tracks, for example – as well as to select the preferred information to display in the instrument binnacle’s DII. Also on the left spoke of the steering wheel are the integrated Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® telephone controls. The combination of thumbpad controls and DII display in the driver’s forward line-of-sight helps to minimise distractions for the driver while underway.

 

A second thumbpad on the right spoke of the steering wheel operates the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist system settings.

 

New Civic now features a refrigerant with a much lower Global Warming Potential (GWP). Three-stage front seat heating and rear seat heating are also available on some grades.

 

The new Civic offers Brake Hold when temporarily stopped – for example, at traffic lights or busy junctions – as well as push-button start, keyless entry, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

 

 


 

6. Next-generation Honda Connect delivers enhanced, more intuitive connected infotainment

 

  • New seven-inch Advanced Touch IPS display
  • Full smartphone integration with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto
  • In-car apps include maps, messaging, music and more

 

The new Civic is available with the second-generation of Honda’s Connect infotainment and connectivity system, which offers enhanced intuitive operation and full smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.

 

The performance, stability and speed of the new Honda Connect system is delivered by a high performance Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, which was specifically developed for extreme multitasking, ultra-smooth web browsing, brilliant graphics and rapid response to inputs. It also helps the display to present crisp, vivid, pin-sharp graphics and text on the seven-inch TFT-LCD touchscreen in the centre console.

 

Including for the first time both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto means that occupants have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Honda Connect with the two leading smartphone operating systems.

 

Integration with Apple CarPlay means that Honda Connect can now bring iPhone functionality to the driving experience, delivering the interface through the all-new Civic’s built-in display. Drivers can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from the touchscreen or by voice using Apple’s Siri commands. The supported apps on CarPlay include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and other compatible third-party software where specified. CarPlay is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

 

Android Auto has been designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way to use Android smartphones through both touch and voice interfaces, minimising the potential for distraction. Android Auto is compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, and the supported features include Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous other popular apps, depending on the market.

 

The seven-inch Honda Connect touchscreen display features In-Place-Switching (IPS) technology. This delivers superior image quality and contrast ratios which provide viewers with more accurate and consistent display of colours, and much wider viewing angles than conventional LCD screens – up to 178 degrees – ensuring that both driver and passengers can read the screen without having to stretch from a comfortable seating position.

 

For the first time, Honda Connect also enables adjustment of climate control settings, which helps to minimise the number of switches in the clean, simple centre console.

 

Honda Connect gives rapid access to internet-based services such as web browsing, real-time traffic information, news and weather, social media, and internet music stations. It features pre-installed apps, with others available for download from the Honda App Centre for owners to personalise their connected experience. The pre-installed ‘Aha’ app allows effortless access to thousands of audio stations – spanning music, news, podcasts and audio books – as well as social media feeds and location-based services.

 

The touchscreen displays vehicle information – such as trip information and fuel economy – and images from the rear multi-view parking camera.

 

Honda Connect can be specified with optional Garmin satellite navigation, with pre-loaded maps, photo-real junction views, lane guidance, real-time traffic avoidance, 3D building and terrain views, and Eco Routing. Free map updates are provided for five years, a benefit unique to Honda.

 

Options for the available audio configuration vary by grade, including an eight-speaker 180-watt output system, or high-power audio with 11 speakers and up to 465-watt output.

 

 

 


 

7. Standard Honda SENSING across the range makes new Civic one of the safest cars in its class

 

  • Civic now safer than ever thanks to new body construction and enhanced safety technologies
  • Stiffer, stronger and with reduced cabin intrusion in the event of a crash
  • Honda SENSING is a comprehensive suite of active safety features

 

The all-new Civic has been engineered to achieve industry-leading safety performance. The development team’s success in creating class-leading body rigidity and stiffness, in conjunction with a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies. These systems helped the new Civic – tested in 1.0 VTEC TURBO specification – to earn top ratings in the latest Euro NCAP tests (published November 2017). The new 1.6 i-DTEC shares the same safety systems.

 

In line with Honda’s ‘Safety for Everyone’ philosophy, the same passive and active safety systems are included across all grades of the new Civic.

 

The exceptionally strong, rigid and stiff platform (please see section 2) provides the foundation for exceptional safety performance, with an ‘All Directions Collision Safety’ concept. The platform design incorporates Honda’s exclusive next-generation ACE™ (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body design, which employs a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly. This structural design helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger cell in the event of an impact, giving superior front, side and rear crash-worthiness.

 

On the all-new model this structure also includes ‘crash stroke technology’, which uses a hinge design on the front frame to direct the engine down and rearwards in a collision. This effectively adds 80 mm of additional energy-absorbing ‘crash stroke’ to the front of the vehicle, and helps to minimise cabin intrusion in the event of a collision.

 

The six airbags help to protect occupants in the event of a collision, and include i-SRS Airbag and i-Side Airbag technologies.

 

The passive safety features on the all-new Civic are complemented by the Honda SENSING suite of active safety and driver assist technologies, which – in a first for Honda – is installed on all grades. Honda SENSING is among the most comprehensive suites of safety technologies in its class. It uses a combination of radar and camera information, plus a host of high-tech sensors to warn and assist the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios.

 

The Honda SENSING suite of active safety technologies includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System : helps to bring the car to a stop if the system determines that a collision with a vehicle detected in front is unavoidable. A warning sounds, and if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied
  • Forward Collision Warning : scans the road ahead to warn drivers of a potential collision, and provides visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions to avoid a crash
  • Lane Departure Warning : will detect if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated, and provides an alert to prompt the driver to make a correction
  • Road Departure Mitigation : uses data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering out of its lane. It uses the Electric Power Steering to apply subtle corrections to keep the vehicle in its lane, and in certain situations can also apply braking force. The system switches off when it detects that the driver has regained control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System : helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane, by detecting road markings with a monocular camera and making small adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines
  • Adaptive Cruise Control : allows the driver to set a desired speed and following distance from a vehicle detected ahead, which enables the use of cruise control in light, variable-speed traffic conditions
  • Traffic Sign Recognition : detects and automatically recognises road signs and displays the signs on the instrument binnacle’s IID
  • 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 : a pioneering technology that debuted on the 2015 Honda CR-V, i-ACC predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ on multi-lane highways. It uses a camera and a radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road and applies an algorithm – developed with exhaustive research on European roads – to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes ‘cutting-in’. This enables the new Civic to adjust its speed automatically before other vehicles cut in, for a safe and comfortable journey.

 

Further safety technologies in the all-new Civic include:

  • Blind Spot Information: uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and alerts the driver via a warning symbol in the door mirror
  • Cross Traffic Monitor: uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing
  • Multi-angle rear view camera: provides the driver with options for complete visibility and therefore peace-of-mind when reversing; a normal 130 degree view, a wide 180 degree view and a top-down view

 

Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering, and Indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) .

 

 

 


 

8. Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) – the global production hub for the Civic hatchback and 1.6 i-DTEC engine

 

  • All-new Civic hatchback is built in Europe and exported globally
  • New 1.6 i-DTEC engine also manufactured in Europe at HUM
  • £240m investment in new production technologies and processes
  • Honda’s UK plant in Swindon continues key role in Civic production

 

The tenth-generation Civic family is the product of Honda’s largest-ever global development programme for a single model. The car has been designed to exceed European standards and expectations – thereby meeting the needs of all global regions where the new Civic is sold.

 

The Civic is an important model for Honda in Europe and is a key driver for the company’s strong sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. For many European customers, Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand. The all-new Civic hatchback continues this tradition, and will play a key role in meeting Honda’s volume aspirations for its European business.

 

Honda’s European production facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), is the global production hub for the tenth-generation Civic hatchback. Honda made investments of £240m in new production technologies and processes to prepare for the new model, which is being exported around the world, including to the US. The investment is part of a long-term vision for the European plant in Honda’s global operations.

 

HUM produced its first engine in 1989 and its first car in 1992. It now consists of two car plants and an engine manufacturing facility. Other areas of the site are dedicated to a purpose-built test track, dynamic and static test cells, as well as administration and purchasing functions.

 

Premium paint quality

To ensure the quality of the paint finish complements the high quality exterior design, Honda has invested in new paint facilities at HUM. The quality of the finish from the new paint shop is class-leading thanks to improved paint thickness and a new type of clear coat application. The combination of these two enhancements is an improved depth and quality of gloss shine, and an enriched reflection characteristic. The changes mean that new Civic achieves levels of paint quality and finish close to the standards achieved by Honda’s premium US Acura brand.

 

By establishing HUM as a global production facility for the all-new Civic hatchback, Honda demonstrated its long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

9. Generous standard equipment across the range, with comprehensive accessories and option packs to add style, technology and functionality

 

The all-new Civic is available with a wide variety of accessory packs and individual accessories allowing owners to enhance or adapt their car to suit their personal requirements and tastes.

 

1.6 litre i-DTEC

The 1.6-litre i-DTEC hatchback model is available in four grades: S, SE, SR and EX

 

The entry-level S grade is generously equipped, and includes automatic headlights, adaptive cruise control and the Honda SENSING suite of advanced active safety technologies.

 

The next level up is SE grade and adds heated front seats, heated door mirrors, an eight-speaker audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels and air conditioning.

 

SR models benefit from the Honda Connect infotainment suite, 17-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and dual-zone air conditioning.

 

The top EX grade feature leather upholstery, LED front headlamp clusters, smart keyless entry and start, power tilt panoramic sunroof, and premium audio system (11 speakers with 465 watts output). EX grade models are also fitted with the Dynamic Damper Control system.

 

Silver Line, Black Line and Orange Line styling packs

 

The new Civic Silver Line is a sporty and stylish new edition to the Civic range. It features unique details that comprise of a front skirt, side skirts, a rear diffuser, mirror caps and dramatic 18” optional alloy wheels.

 

The Black Line and Orange Line add a front chin spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser, as well as mirror caps in either black or orange. Orange Line also includes interior accents across the dashboard in the same vivid colour.

 

 


 

10. Technical specifications

 

  • All technical information is preliminary and subject to change
  • All fuel consumption and CO2 figures are subject to final homologation

 

Body and chassis

Five-seat, five-door hatchback, with unitary construction bodyshell. Diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels.

 

Engine

 

 

1.6 litre i-DTEC

Four cylinder diesel

 

6MT

Type

4 valves per cylinder

Bore x stroke

76mm x 88mm

Compression ratio

16:1

Power

120 PS (88 kW) at 4,000 rpm

Torque

300 Nm (221 lb ft) at 2,000 rpm

 

Transmission

 

 

1.6 litre i-DTEC

Manual 6MT

6 forward speeds + reverse

 

Gear ratios

 

1.6 litre i-DTEC 6MT

1st

3.642

2nd

1.884

3rd

1.179

4th

0.869

5th

0.705

6th

0.592

 

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-

 

-

Reverse

3.673

Final Drive

3.571

 

Suspension and damping

 

 

 

Front

MacPherson Strut

Rear

Multi-link

Adaptive damper control (on some models)

 

Brakes

 

 

Front

293 mm ventilated disc

Rear

282 mm solid disc

 

Wheels and tyres

 

 

Wheel size

Tyres - Front

Tyres – Rear

x 16-inch

215/55 R16

215/55 R16

x 17-inch

235/45 R17

235/45 R17

 

Steering

Engine

1.6 litre i-DTEC

Type

Variable-ratio rack and pinion

Steering turns

(lock to lock)

2.2

Turning circle

(at wheels)

10.6 metres

Turning circle (at body)

11.3 metres

 

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior

(mm)

Overall length

4,518

Overall width

1,799

Overall width (including door mirrors)

2,076

Overall height

1,434

Wheelbase

2,697

Track (front)

1,547

Track (rear)

1,575

 

Capacities (litres)

 

(litres)

Luggage (VDA method; seats up, to window)

414

Luggage (VDA method; seats down, to roof)

1245

Subtrunk capacity (where present; included in measurements above)

64

Fuel tank capacity

46

 

Weights (kg)

Transmission

6MT

Curb weight (kg)

1,287-1,301

Max. Permissable Weight (kg)

1,710

 

Performance and fuel consumption for 1.6 litre i-DTEC

Maximum speed (mph)

125

0-62 mph (seconds)

9.8

Fuel consumption urban (mpg) NEDC test

78.5

Fuel consumption extra urban (mpg) NEDC test

83.1

Fuel consumption combined (mpg) NEDC test

80.7

CO2 combined (g/km)

93

 

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