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2018 – HONDA CITY

Honda presents the 2018 line of the City. The model comes to the market with a new design, unprecedented equipment and maintaining unique qualities in the use of internal space, sophistication, comfort and energy efficiency. “Honda City, from its first generation, features features that are highly appreciated by consumers in this segment: modern and attractive look, which has become more sporty and elegant in the 2018 line, ample space for luggage and luggage, and a motorization that combines performance and fuel economy. With the changes the model receives now, we deliver more technology, connectivity and sophistication to the consumer, “explains Ricardo Badin, project leader for City 2018. In the 2018 lineup, City will be offered in five versions, all equipped with the 1.5 i-VTEC FlexOne engine, up to 116 hp and CVT or five-speed manual transmissions.

Visual sophistication

To extend the City 2018’s impressive presence, Honda has made significant changes in the second-generation design of the model. The sedan has received new bumpers, front and rear, which bring more horizontal lines and sports and make the look wider, valuing the size of the City. The new front grille brings unprecedented design that advances on the headlights, bringing the highlighted and expanded Honda logo to the center. The headlights are also new and feature integrated daytime running lights in standard LEDs in all versions of City. These new headlamps also feature enhanced dual-reflector lighting and halogen lamps in all versions, with the exception of the EXL model that receives a unique set with LED lights for both the low and high beam, enhancing the sophistication and safety of shooting in low light environments. In the rear, the new bumper reinforces the more horizontal design proposed for the line 2018, with new lanterns with LED guides, of unpublished design, in the versions LX, EX and EXL. In these versions, City gets a new 16-inch alloy wheel with exclusive design. The DX version, in turn, is equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels, which also feature an unprecedented design. Flat blade type windshield wiper blades are standard on all versions, with cleaner design and greater functionality, ensuring superior aerodynamics.

More complete and connected

With a refined interior and produced with quality materials, City’s second generation brought unique finishing details such as the sophisticated dashboard with contrasting frames, top-grade equipment such as full-touch digital air conditioning (in the EX and EXL versions ) and plenty of internal space and ample trunk of 536 liters of capacity, fruit of the premise of Honda to offer the Maximum for the Man and the Minimum for the Machine. From this point of view, the model has brought solutions that are not normally found in sedans such as folding the front seat as standard, allowing larger objects to be transported or even extending space to enjoy longer journeys with more comfort. Now, for the 2018 line, the model gets more equipment, making the sedan even more attractive to the consumer. In all versions, the City 2018 brings standard items like: air conditioning (manual in DX, Personal and LX versions, and digital touchscreen in the EX and EXL); sound system with Bluetooth and USB input; electric direction EPS; electric drive for door and window latches of the four doors; steering wheel with height adjustment and depth and key of the knife type with system of locking and unlocking of the doors with immobilizer, among other various equipment. For the 2018 line, since the DX version, the City adopts electric windows with a one-touch system for all occupants, as well as automatic closing of the windows through the alarm, while the LX version, in turn, receives the new wheels of 16-inch light alloy, fog lights and LED-torch lanterns.

For the line 2018, Honda adopted a new color for the panel finish present from the LX version, which has gained a darker gray, while the seats, in the versions equipped with fabric, also bring a new pattern. In addition to these equipment, the version stands out by having rear seats folding in 40/60 and audio control in the steering wheel. In the City EX the novelty is due to the adoption of side airbags, in addition to the two front, standard in all versions. Also featured are the digital touchscreen automatic air conditioning, leather-trimmed steering wheel and front center armrests, and cruise control, as well as the 5.0-inch screen audio system, eight loudspeakers , which offer superior sound quality, as well as a camera for maneuvers in reverse. The EXL version features a new 7.0-inch multimedia center that brings integrated browser and connectivity to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto system. Easy to operate, it features tablet-like handling, allowing intuitive mapping of the native navigation system, or Waze (via Android Auto). In addition to allowing playback of music via Bluetooth, portable devices, or streaming services (via Bluetooth, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay connections), this switch enables voice commands, which can be activated by means of a button on the steering wheel. This audio set features rear view of the camera in three angles (regular, wide and top down) and color distance indication. Complementing the EXL version, the 2018 line was fitted with automatic folding rear-view mirrors, both by means of an internal pushbutton and by the key. The City EXL also features leather-trimmed seats, centered armrests and six front, side and curtain airbags.

Efficiency and performance

The entire City line is equipped with the 1.5 i-VTEC FlexOne engine, with variable electronic control of synchronization and valve opening. The i-VTEC technology, developed by Honda, varies the time and depth of opening of the valves for maximum efficiency at different speeds. Thus, it offers excellent performance and fuel economy. With ethanol, this engine generates 116 hp at 6,000 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm – when fueled with gasoline, it is 115 hp at 6,000 rpm and 149 Nm at 4,800 rpm. The Personal, LX, EX and EXL versions feature the CVT transmission with torque converter, which improves traction force at low speeds, providing faster response, linear acceleration and fuel economy. The DX version features a five-speed manual transmission with short, precise couplings, a common feature of Honda transmissions.

Protection of occupants

Honda City is designed to provide high-level protection to its occupants in different collision scenarios. The model comes with the ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) technology developed exclusively by Honda. This structure is designed to evenly distribute the energy of an impact, reducing the force transferred to the cabin and protecting the occupants. In addition, the structure disperses more uniformly the force transferred to other vehicles involved in the collision. The EX version, in addition to the two front airbags – standard in all versions – adopts side-type airbags in the line 2018. The EXL, in turn, also brings the side inflatable curtain-type bags, totaling six airbags. All versions of Honda City come standard with ABS brakes with EBD, three-point seat belts for all occupants and an ISOFIX child seat anchorage system.

Commercialization

The City 2018 comes on the market in five versions – DX, LX, EX and EXL, in addition to the new Personal version. Manual transmissions are offered in the DX version and CVT in the others – with seven-speed simulation in the EX and EXL versions by means of the paddle-shifts on the steering wheel. The Personal version is equipped with CVT transmission and offers, as standard, cruise control, mirrors with direction indicator light and the Bluemeter panel. City Personal also features common equipment for all versions, such as air conditioning, EPS electric steering, electric windows with one touch function, automatic window raising with double alarm button activation and electric locks on all doors as well as steering wheel with regulation of height and depth. This version brings as main attraction its price position thought of an audience that seeks option with taxes included in tax exemption, combined with the possibility of purchasing an additional package composed of 15-inch wheels set and audio system that activates pre- installed in the model, such as the speakers, audio control on the steering wheel, Bluetooth system HFT and reverse camera with multivision. All versions bring two new colors: Starry White Perolated and Boreal Blue (metallic), colors that debut in the model. The range consists of White Taffeta (solid), Silver Platinum and Barium Gray (metallic) and Crystal Black (pearlized). The line has a three-year warranty, with no mileage limit.

2018 – HONDA CIVIC TYPE-R PICK-UP TRUCK CONCEPT

The new Honda Civic Type-R is not only the fastest front-wheel-drive car completing a lap of the Magny-Cours circuit, as of today it is also one of the fastest pick-ups in the world. A team of 12 experts from Honda’s UK division has created a Honda Civic Type-R Pick-up Concept from a prototype pre-production sports hatchback that was unveiled almost a year ago. Modifications start from the B-pillar, the Type-R Pick-up has two doors and two front seats, but the rear has been altered to accommodate a load area of ​​1,550 mm in length and 830 mm in width composed of a floor and an anti-rollover bar. The transformation was carried out in a way so that it was possible to maintain the imposing rear wing, which exhibits a mobile design in order to facilitate access to the cargo area of ​​the small pick-up. The three central exhaust systems, one of the hallmarks of the Honda Civic Type-R, were also retained. The body was given a ‘Rallye Red’ finish, one of the factory colors of the commercial hatchback version. “We have a special projects division at the Swindon plant, and this proposal was an excellent opportunity for the team to show what it is capable of,” said Alyn James, project manager. “The passion our engineers have for Honda is visible in our latest creation and we are considering taking it to the Nürburgring to see if we can achieve the record in the front-wheel drive pickup segment.” The Honda team should not have much trouble setting the desired record in the ‘green hell’, as under the hood of the pick-up hides the same 2.0-liter VTEC turbo engine of the conventional Type-R, which produces 320 hp power and 400 Nm of torque, allowing the hatchback to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.7 seconds and reach the maximum speed of 272 km / h. The Honda Type-R Pick-up will be no more than a prototype limited to a single unit, as would be expected, Honda has no intentions of marketing the model.

2018 – HONDA CIVIC TYPE-R US VERSION

Honda unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show the most powerful version of the Civic line, the Type-R. The new generation of the sport aims, according to the Japanese brand, to increase the range of customers. For this, you want to balance comfort and performance. Underneath the hood hides the already known 2.0 VTEC turbo engine that starts to produce 320 hp – 10 hp more than before, coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. The new front-wheel drive, which will soon attempt to recover the fastest Nürburgring lap record in its class, features variable damping and a three-way selector (Confort, Sport and + R, for track) as well as a large rear aerofoil. The body of the model, which will be produced in Swindon (UK) and then exported to the rest of the world, has a torsional stiffness 39% higher than its predecessor. As with the conventional Civic, the new Type-R was built on a new platform, which was designed from scratch for this sporty version. The new model is longer, shorter and wider than the previous model, with a center of gravity 34 mm lower. The suspension was modified over the conventional model, with specific suspension and chassis changes.

Author Since: Nov 08, 2018

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