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2010-01-11 13:16
Honda has added an automatic gearbox and made a few styling changes and added new features to its five-door Civic hatchback range.

Exterior changes comprise a revised front grille, redesigned front bumper, and a new light cluster integrated into the rear spoiler. The hatchback sports new 17-inch alloy wheels, shod with 225/45 R17 tyres.

The advent of the upgraded Civic 1.8 i-VTEC five-door hatchback range also marks the availability of a new colour - Premium White Pearl.

The automatic Civic hatch employs the same 1.8-litre four-cylinder powerplant, with Honda's i-VTEC system, as the manual model. The engine delivers 103 kW and a 174-Nm peak torque figure. The fuel-injected engine propels the automatic hatchback from 0-100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 205 km/h.

Combined fuel consumption is at 7.2l/100 km.

Inside, the interior finishes feature a new gunmetal hue, while the upgrade model includes full leather upholstery, heated front seats, climate control, a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, and cruise control.

Rain-sensing automatic windscreen wipers are standard as well as automatically actuated headlights. Other standard features include an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a tyre deflation warning system, and rear parking sensors.

The addition of an automatic gearbox derivative to the Civic 5-Door hatchback range comes in the wake of increasing demand for an automatic model in the C-segment hatchback market.

“While that sector has always been dominated by manual-transmission models, there is a growing trend favouring the convenience and user-friendly operation of automatic models,” says Honda SA sales and marketing director, Graham Eagle.

The new Honda Civic 1.8 VXi Five-Door Hatch is offered with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, and is available from Honda dealers nationally. Retail prices are R267 900 for the manual and R279 900 for automatic version.

A three-year/100 000 km warranty is standard, as well as a five-year/90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.

The 2.2-litre turbodiesel version is unchanged.


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