Honda unveils 2009 Civic and Civic HybridEnlarge Photo
On the styling front, the new Civic gets a reworked front bumper cover and grille design, a new color combination for headlights and tail lights featuring clear turn indicator lenses with amber bulbs, plus all-new foglights for the Civic Si. New alloy wheels for the EX, EX-L and Si models complete the exterior updates.
Inside, the car gets a host of new consumer technology, including an optional Bluetooth-capable navigation unit, USB audio interface on EX, EX-L, Hybrid and Si trims, and new cloth materials and patterns throughout the range. The hybrid model also gets optional leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and heated side mirrors.
The car's safety package is enhanced with new technology too, including standard stability control for the EX-L, Si and Hybrid models. The carry-over features include the car's impact-resistant body structure, a full complement of airbags, occupant position detection system, and active safety features including anti-lock brakes, pre-tensioning seat belts and pedestrian injury mitigation design.
Powertrain elements remain unchanged with a 140hp (104kW), 1.8 i-VTEC four-cylinder standard in the DX, DX-VP, LX, EX and EX-L, and available with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Hybrid gets a unique 1.3L i-VTEC engine with Honda's IMA hybrid technology, while the GX natural gas model continues with a 1.8L engine and five-speed automatic. The Si gets the same 197hp (147kW) 2.0L i-VTEC engine and six-speed manual found in the current vehicle.