2017 Honda 1.6L Civic launched - Get ready for a Lasting Impression
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Honda Motor Co. Africa and Middle East Office announced the launch of 2017 Civic with an all-new 1.6L Engine grade which provides a new option to customers. It is available in two grades namely DX and LX which aims to reach out value for money seeking customers. 2016 Civic which was launched in April this year in two engine grades namely 2.0L and 1.5L turbo, has seen an increase in sales by 86% year on year. Honda now aims to further enhance its sales and make its mark in the smaller engine segment with the launch of 1.6L Civic.
1.6L Civic has the same sporty design and athletic stance of existing 2.0L Civic. Some of the standard features include LED Daytime Running Lights(DRL), distinctive C-shaped LED taillights which have been highly appreciated in the region, power side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals and the distinctive chrome grille. The LX boasts of Halogen Fog Lights and 16” Alloy wheels.
1.6L Civic interior has same comfort, sophistication and premium cabin space as 2.0L and RS models. It also offers auto air-conditioning, rear ventilation in LX grade, steering wheel mounted controls for Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone (HFT), a 5-inch touch screen audio and USB jacks. Some standard features in all grades include 60:40 fold down rear seats, rear seat armrest with cup holders, sun visor extension mechanism and map light.
LX grade include Smart Entry, Push Button Start, Rear Parking Sensors and Remote Engine Starter which starts engine from a distance ensuring that air-conditioning is switched before you get in. Both grades have Electric Power Steering, Auto headlight off timer, Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold Function that replaces hand lever with compact, easy to operate switch.
Powering the Civic 1.6L is new SOHC i-VTEC engine producing a peak horsepower of 123 hp @ 6,500 rpm and a torque of 151 N-m @ 4300 rpm. The engine is mated to a new generation Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The Civic’s new CVT has a taller final gear ratio for fuel-efficient low-rpm cruising, and new-generation G-Design shift logic for smooth acceleration and natural throttle response. The fuel efficiency of the DX and LX grades are at 18.4 Km/l.
Body and Safety
The 1.6L Civic utilizes Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility. It also boasts of Honda active-safety features such as
- Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control Systems (TCS)
- Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS)
- Electronic Brake Distributor (EBD)
- Hill Start Assist (HSA)
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)