New generation Honda Civic arrives in dealerships from Monday
Earlier today, I spoke of the arrival this Monday of the 11th generation Honda Civic hatch, a small car that put the Honda nameplate firmly on the minds of buyers when it arrived here in 1973. The Civic has evolved over the years, grown in size and as announced this week, grown in price.
Just one new model, the Civic VTi-LX highly spec’d but also highly priced from $47,200 drive-away, around $12,000 above the price of the current VTi-S 10th generation model.
Yes, the new model has a lot more features but this is a big price jump pushing the Japanese-built hatch in prestige German territory. Only time will tell whether it can sustain this pricing position, as I said earlier with Honda’s new Agency sales model, the price is set in stone and there’s no discounting.
But in fairness Honda quality and fit and finish is a hallmark and whilst I haven’t driven it, on face value, the new Civic does have eye appeal.
An uprated 1.5-litre 134kW turbo four-cylinder engine with the latest generation CVT automatic in a more streamlined body, larger to the current Civic with the front pillars moved rearward 50mm on a lower roofline – so distinctly sporty in just one VTi-LX model, best described as the burger with the lot – with a stack of safety, comfort and convenience equipment.
I’m David Berthon.
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