Posted Nov 16th 2012 3:22PM
2013 Honda Civic has received a new facelift. Honda posted the first photos of its redesigned 2013 Civic on Monday, two weeks ahead of the car’s debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While photos and details about the interior of the new Civic haven’t been released yet, it’s likely that they will mimic the company’s larger Accord sedan. Honda’s CEO said the company was racing ahead on a refresh —normally not done until a car is three or four years old — to address these problems.
A new front fascia scraps the bland unibrow look of the previous Civic; headlamps are slender, sharply tapered, and no longer vaguely segues into the grille opening. Honda claims the front end is “more sculpted;” certainly the hood stamping — which is now beveled like the Accord — and the flashy lower air intake and fog lamp surrounds — lend some credence to that claim. And then revisions continue around the car 2013 Honda Civic at the rear where it has similar tail lights that sit above a revised rear bumper and new trunk lid accented by a thick horizontal chrome strip.
While, this happens to the fuel, although Honda could stick with its existing 1.8 – liter I-4, it’s no secret the company’s new powertrain strategy calls for direct fuel injection and an Atkinson combustion cycle to be applied to 1.8 – 2.0 – liter engines. Honda has also promised an upgraded version of its single-motor IMA hybrid system will wind its way into the Civic Hybrid, but an exact timetable for that introduction has yet to be announced.
In the meantime, shoppers can choose from a coupe or sedan, manual or automatic transmission and trims ranging from the pared-down, fuel-saving HF to the sporty, the 140-hp inline-four will return as the mainstay engine, and the 201-horsepower Si. Three powertrains are available: gasoline, hybrid and natural gas — the only production natural gas car that’s not a van or a truck.
In late October, the company directed its U.S. dealers to reduce inventories of 2012 Civic’s by 60 percent to clear room for the 2013 model, scheduled to go on sale November 29. That means buyers will get even better deals as the current models are forced out. We should learn much more about what Honda has in store for its second chance at a new Civic, but we’ll likely only discover if it once again lives up to the Honda tradition of rising above its rivals after our first crack at the wheel.
There are several competition 2013 Honda Civic today that you should know. Among them are: Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla.