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Date posted: May 5, 2015

2016 Honda Civic Says Goodbye To Blandness

From the looks of the recently unveiled Honda Civic Concept, which previews what the 2016 production model will look like, the Civic appears to be moving beyond its boring ways to rekindle the excitement it once elicited from driving enthusiasts.

The most noticeable change for the better is that the new Civic does not look like a jellybean. Honda has finally dispensed with the so-called “cab forward” design used on Civics for nearly a decade. This design puts the base of the windshield practically over the front wheels, similar to on a minivan, and is said to increase interior space. But most of that increase comes in the upper dashboard area—which isn’t useable space.

By contrast, the base of the 2016 Civic’s windshield is pulled farther back behind the front wheel—like on Civics from the 1990s—to create a more upright windshield and a much longer hood. From the side view, the Civic Concept, which debuted at the New York International Auto Show, looks like a scaled down Honda Accord Coupe—and that’s a good thing.

The second biggest change is that the high-performance Type-R version of the Civic will finally be offered in the United States. This legendary model—whose performance far exceeds that of the more common Si version, currently the sportiest Civic offered in the U.S.—has long been available overseas. But Honda has deprived American enthusiasts of it ever since the model was first launched in 1997.

No further details have been released on the Civic Type-R, but Honda did say that the 2016 Civic will be the first to offer new turbocharged engines as part of the automaker’s suite of Earth Dreams Technology, aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. For Honda to offer turbocharged engines is kind of special, because the automaker has thus far not done so (except in the Acura RDX for a brief time).

Source: forbes.com

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