Honda has unveiled a number of new models and concepts at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show including the global premiere of the Civic Hatchback Prototype.
The all-new Civic Hatchback Prototype takes a step up from Honda’s previous versions of European models with a strong focus on distinctive design and rewarding driving dynamics.
At 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer with new larger and wider wheel tyres the new Civic Hatchback Prototype gives the feeling of a more assured stance. Adding further dynamic to the exterior is the long wheelbase; short overhangs and sleek cabin area which make the vehicle stand out on the road.
Honda’s usual family face is given a more fierce uplift thanks to a short overhang with large air intakes. Flowing beneath the boldly engineered bonnet into the accentuated wheel arches are LED headlights and daytime running lights. The smooth and swept-back body lines continue to flow along the side of the car and the addition of angular bumper with creases and vents further clarifies its aggressively styled nature.
The all-new Civic Hatchback will come with a choice of three powertrain options: 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engines, and an improved 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine.
The new Civic Hatchback Prototype is set to be launched in Europe in early 2017.
Also making its debut at the Geneva Motor show is Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell which integrates Honda’s most advanced technologies and provides the world’s first production model fuel cell powered sedan to accommodate the entire fuel cell stack and drive train system under the bonnet of the car.
As a result of minimising space used by the powertrain, Honda has been able to achieve an impressive level of interior space that is comparable to fossil fuelled sedans. However, despite the reduced size of the fuel cell powertrain, Honda has ensured performance has not slipped with a power density increase by 60% to 3.1 kW/L, providing a smooth acceleration for every journey. In addition, the Clarity Fuel Cell delivers a best-in-class fuel cell vehicle range per tank of over 435 miles and can take as little as 3 minutes to re-fuel.
The direct response, exhilarating drive and quiet cabin combined offer a very appealing combination. Clarity Fuel Cell offers the driver two driving modes: ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’. ‘Normal’ mode provides a balance between fuel economy and driving performance, while ‘Sport’ prioritises a more responsive acceleration feeling.
Honda has also added a new Black edition to their CR-V range for 2016. The new Black Edition adds exterior and interior design elements to provide a sporty and premium twist on the SUV. This edition will only be available on 4WD models and will come with the choice of a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine or a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, with the diesel also having the option of a nine-speed automatic transmission.
On the outside, the CR-V Black Edition boasts running boards, a tailgate spoiler, 19-inch black alloy wheels, a gloss black front grille and skid plated on the front and rear.
Inside the cabin, driver and passengers will benefit from a full leather interior, with contrasting stitching and an embossed Black Edition logo. Complimenting the luxurious feel of the cabin is the addition of premium carpet mats that again feature the Black Edition logo.
The Geneva Motor Show will also get to view Honda’s new “Keenlight” design concept for their Jazz model.
The new concept aims to attract customers who want to add a bit more personalisation and style to their Jazz, using sleek design elements and accessories in a custom copper colour called “Keenlight”.
On the exterior the ‘”Keenlight” concept features a keenlight-coloured roof spoiler, mirror caps, front grille and tailgate decoration along with unique 15-inch alloy wheels to finish.
Inside, the keenlight theme continues with accents on the steering wheel, dashboard, and doorstep garnishes as well as other interior accessories including customised floor carpets and leather upholstery.
Honda will also be debuting at Geneva Motor Show the Civic 1.4 S Limited Edition and Civic Tourer Style, the RA272 and the CRF1000L Africa Twin.
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