HONDA Australia has introduced an replace for its Civic small hatch range, bolstering its security credentials with the addition of the Honda Sensing suite of lively security know-how on the mid-spec VTi-L and RS variants.
The updates to the hatch range mirror that of the sedan utilized in February final yr, with a range of inside and exterior upgrades additionally utilized to the remainder of the line-up.
Honda’s Sensing package deal consists of autonomous emergency braking (AEB), ahead collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise management with cease and go performance, lane departure warning, lane-keep help and steering help.
The introduction of Honda Sensing on the RS and VTi-L type part of Honda’s plan to roll out its security tech on each final native Honda providing by 2022.
Given the addition of Honda Sensing in addition to gear upgrades throughout the range, costs have gone up for all non-performance grades by between $400 and $1250 to now begin at $22,790 plus on-roads for the VTi up to $34,090 for the VTi-LX. The hi-po Type R nonetheless tops the range at $51,990.
On the surface, every variant now positive factors new alloy wheel designs, beginning with new 18-inch hoops for the RS which were shod in wider Michelin Pilot Sport four rubber.
VTi and VTi-S rating box-fresh designs, whereas the VTi-LX takes the earlier RS design and applies a brand new darkish gray end.
Front bumper designs have been restyled throughout the range, incorporating body-coloured accents within the new decrease panel, together with a brand new entrance grille.
Sports-oriented RS grades additionally rating a brand new rear diffuser design.
A range of different gear upgrades have been utilized over the range corresponding to excessive beam help on VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX and rear privateness glass on VTi-S.
New colors have been added to the Civic’s paint palette, together with Ignite Red metallic on all grades, Phoenix Orange pearlescent on RS, and Taffeta White on all grades bar RS.
Inside, Honda has redesigned the 7.Zero-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a quantity management knob and onerous buttons for key shortcuts, whereas the dashboard and seat trims have been redesigned.
No modifications have been made to the 2 Civic powertrains – a 104kW/174Nm 1.Eight-litre aspirated four-cylinder engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-pot good for 127kW/220Nm – each driving the entrance wheels by way of a constantly variable automated transmission.
Honda bought 10,531 examples of the Civic in 2019, down 21.Eight per cent on the 13,470 it managed in 2018, trailing phase leaders such because the Toyota Corolla (30,468) and Hyundai i30 (28,378).
Honda Australia director Stephen Collins stated the brand new additions make the Civic hatch a extra full package deal.
“When you factor in the additional safety technology and the improved functionality of the major cabin controls, the new Civic hatch offers the complete package – performance, quality and reliability, wrapped in a sleek and modern sporty exterior that is sure to catch the eye of small car buyers,” he stated.
2020 Honda Civic hatch pricing*
*Excludes on-road prices