Jump to content


SEARCH

0

The 9th generation Civic takes a step back

By SYF77 on 15 Jan 2012

Attached Image

The new Civic was launched in Singapore about a week before the 2012 Lunar New Year. Having owned the 8th generation Civic 2.0 SI (A), I was interested to find out how Honda builds upon an impressive ex-model.

Attached Image

The new Civic maintains the low-slung, aerodynamic profile of its predecessor. However, the rear lights seem to adopt a more generic design rather than the distinctive ‘4-circle’ layout of the former Civic. Measuring 4525mm(L) x 1755mm(B) x 1434mm (H), the Civic is 25mm shorter and 5mm wider than its predecessor. The new car gains a pair of projector-style headlights but not HID technology. The car wears 16-inch alloys.

Attached Image
Going on to the interior, the new Civic maintains the 2-tier dashboard display like the former model. However, the design is more angular than before. Personally, I prefer the previous design which is curvier and looks more expensive. The hard plastic on the dashboard does not help to lift the image of the interior. I used to like the unique boomerang-shaped handbrake of the previous Civic as well as its circular gearbox casing. However, all these are replaced by something more conventional looking. The door panel trimming feels less padded than its predecessor and is nearer in standard to the last Nissan Sunny that was sold in Singapore.

Attached Image
Attached Image
The new model is only available as a 1.5L Hybrid or a 1.6L i-VTEC. Honda has dropped the 1.8L and 2.0L in our market due to the high CAT B COE. The hybrid model and 1.6L produces 110ps and 125 ps respectively. The hybrid produces 15ps more than the 1.3L hybrid that it replaces. For the 1.6L, power rating remains unchanged from the last Civic. The hybrid is mated to a CVT transmission while the 1.6L is linked to a 5-speed automatic gearbox like before. Its rivals such as the Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze have both advanced to a 6-speed transmission.

The 8th generation Civic was a vast improvement over the 7th generation. However, in its latest iteration, the Civic seemed to have taken a step back. Let’s hope that the 10th generation will regain its mojo. Miscellaneous shots of the new Civic can be found below.

Attached Image
Attached Image
Attached Image

new model, discussions, and 7 more...

Viewed: 1,466 times

Related Blog Posts
SYF77
Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



 
Car Makes

Please select a car make

Facebook Likes
   Featured Blog Post
Photo
Driving an old car with almost no modern features in it? Or just love adding new accessories for...
POPULAR BLOG POSTS
Photo
The all new Honda Freed has gone on sale in Japan and comes with hybrid and normal petrol variant...
Photo
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso claims that current regulations have taken out all the fu...
Photo
A dog decided to take a walk on a rally stage where the Codasur 2016 race was held. With the race...
Photo
The seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is still unable to walk, nearly three year...
Photo
A journalist in Taiwan is said to have crashed a Honda NSX during a test drive. The driver blames...
   Lifestyle Articles