Next-gen Honda Civic set to opt for turbos
It seems likely that turbo power is on the cards for the next-generation Honda Civic when the current model is replaced.
Reports suggest that a new global platform will allow Honda to employ the same architecture for the Civic in all markets. These changes are set to impact the Civic towards the end of 2016, when the new model just launched in the US becomes available in Europe, with South Africa likely to follow suit some months later.
The most significant change, apart from a more conventional styling approach, is that Honda will drop the 1,8-litre petrol engine in favour of a 130 kW 1,5-litre turbocharged unit. This engine is already available in the US market and will be offered in various states of tune.
The European Civic is also set to receive a smaller three-cylinder petrol engine later in its life cycle. The 1,0-litre unit will rival Ford’s Ecoboost engine, but with a rumoured 95 kW and 200 Nm of torque, it will have a performance advantage over the Blue Oval.
The new Civic platform will entail much more than just new engines, however: the new model will also feature a new rear suspension, replacing the torsion beam with an independent, subframe-mounted design. Apparently, the result is a set-up that is 25 percent stiffer than the current model.
Not much has been said about styling, but Honda is expected to follow some of the design cues of a concept vehicle displayed at last year’s New York Motor Show. The Coupé Concept, despite its extreme rear spoiler and luminous green/yellow paint, sports a front end similar to the CR-V, and we would guess it represents a strong indication of what the Civic would look like.
European markets should receive the new Civic towards the end of 2016, with SA buyers likely having to wait until 2017 for the newcomer to arrive in local showrooms.