Honda’s British-built five-door Civic hatchback is to be launched in Australia.
The stylish Civic Si model is a luxuriously appointed five-door hatchback that will expand the Civic line up to six models, four sedans and two hatchbacks.
At first glance the Civic Si has the appearance of a three-door hatch thanks to the clever placement of its rear door handles in the C-pillar, giving it an elegant sporty appearance.
Added to this are the futuristic translucent grille, rocket-shaped front door handles and vast glass area giving the Civic hatch a striking look, guaranteed to stand out.
Inside the Civic Si is lavishly appointed with sumptuous leather seats, dual zone climate-controlled air-conditioning, power windows and mirrors and a tilt-telescopic steering column for a comfortable driving position. And for the sporty touch, a push-button starter, just like the Civic Type R.
The Civic Si features a powerful and economical 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that is Euro 4 compliant, runs on 91 RON fuel and sips as little as 5.7L/100km*.
Coupled to the 103kW, 174 Nm engine is a choice of either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission, the automatic also receives Grade-Logic control.
Driving enjoyment is enhanced with MacPherson strut front and Torsion Beam rear suspension and electric power steering.
The Civic Si provides customers with new levels of elegance and refinement, rarely seen in a small hatchback and compliments the sporty Civic Type R hot-hatch introduced into the Australian market in 2007.
When Honda Australia launched the 8th generation Civic sedan range in 2006, it announced it would add a hatchback. In June 2007 it delivered this promise at 8,200rpm, with the arrival of the most driver-focused Civic, the Type R hot-hatch.
The five-door Civic Si will appeal to those wanting driving enjoyment, flexibility and every luxury in an ultra-stylish package.
The Honda Civic Si is due to be launched in Australia in April 2009 and prices will be announced at the time of launch.
* As tested ADR81/02 for a six-speed manual transmission model – extra urban mode
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