Even though this is the Euro Civic Sedan for 2013, I can't help but think that these changes are what the North American Civic might get.... Only a few more months and we'll know for sure....
While the hatchback variant is bespoke to Europe, the sedan variant is essentially a tweaked version of the global Civic sedan – both inside and out.
When compared to the U.S model, the European Civic boasts a redesigned centre console, made from hard-wearing materials, and updated seating fabrics. The Civic sedan also features Honda’s new I-MID (Intelligent-Multi Information Display) screen that allows the driver to monitor the vehicle’s functions.
Initially, the Civic sedan will be launched with a four-cylinder, 1.8 litre petrol engine, with the rest of the engine line-up likely to mirror the hatchback model.
Sales of the European Honda Civic sedan will kick-off late Summer in selected European markets, sans the United Kingdom.
The ILX Hybrid features as standard a Continually Variable Transmission (CVT) – a first for
Acura. The CVT delivers excellent low-end acceleration matched with relaxed low-rpm cruising
along with offers smooth and predictable gear ratio transitions. By helping the engine and
electric motor operate in the most efficient range, the CVT provides a fuel efficiency benefit
superior to that of a conventional automatic transmission with fixed ratio gears. It also allows
for greater efficiency during regenerative braking by smoothing deceleration.
The transmission can be controlled by a straight-gate console-mounted shifter or via a steering
wheel paddle shifter system that works whenever the transmission is in either of its two
automatic modes. When the paddle shifters are used, the transmission offers a choice of
seven fixed ratios.
The transmission can be operated in two different fully automatic modes with the console mounted
straight-gate shifter. The D mode is ideal for most driving situations, and combines
fuel efficiency with smooth operation and responsive power when needed. The S mode is for
more performance-oriented driving, and features more aggressive transmission mapping to
keep engine rpm higher for greater acceleration and response.
Whether in D or S mode, special transmission logic programming allows the use of the steering-
wheel-mounted paddle shifters. When the driver operates the steering wheel-mounted
paddle shifters while in Drive, the transmission responds to the driver’s shift command by selecting
one of the available seven fixed ratios, and then returns to its normal fully automatic
Drive mode if further paddle shift inputs are not made within a short time. This special logic
makes it easy for the driver to command a quick downshift without leaving the convenience of
When in S mode, use of the paddle shifters puts the transmission into full manual mode that
remains until another mode of operation is selected with the console-mounted shifter. The
paddle shifters allow the driver to select among seven fixed gear ratios. When in manual
mode, if the engine redline is reached the ILX will automatically shift to the next gear ratio to
avoid engine damage. It will also shift down to an appropriate lower gear ratio if necessary.
When the transmission is in S mode, simultaneously pressing and holding the upshift and
downshift paddles on the steering wheel places the transmission in L mode. In this mode, the
operation of the integrated electric motor is altered to increase the charge rate of the lithiumion
|Very Mitsubishi looking back end....|
The renderings show that the fourth generation of the RAV4 will be a revolution in terms of design and will be positioned higher on the market, as it will borrow a few styling cues from Lexus (notice the CT200h headlamps?).
As for the tech side, various unofficial reports indicate that the engine range will follow the downsizing trend. For example, the V6 engine will be ditched in favor of the 2.5-liter that’s currently available. It is still unclear if Toyota will offer a hybrid version, due to the fact that the company is promoting the RAV4 electric vehicle, which has recently made its Californian debut.
Our say: we musn't forget that this is the car that basically invented the SUV segment, so its changes are very important, despite the fact that it might not set the trends anymore.