[YesAuto reveals new car technology] JRR Tolkien portrays a long and fantastic history in his masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings”. Among the many characters, the non-solitary mountain mission initiator and the gray-robed wizard Gan Gan left the deepest impression on me. Gandalf is none other than Gandalf. The sentence “You shall not pass!”, the plot of falling into the abyss and fighting the flames to death is exciting.
The reason why I want to repeat this before this article is because there is also a model that helped a car company gain a foothold in the small car market and became the company's best-selling model. However, the 9th-generation domestic models with a glorious history have been struggling with poor sales. Now, a whole new generation of light on its head is about to return. Can it return to the top with brand-new design and technology? Let's take a look at this new story called Civic, which we are used to calling Honda Civic.
The usual interpretation of new car technology highlights, we will talk about the appearance of the car, but in view of the particularity of the new Civic, I think it is necessary to talk to you about the “life experience” of the Civic first, because this generation of models is completely different from the previous two generations.
● “Negative” the past since the positioning of the car?
The history of the Civic can be traced back to 1972. After 33 years of development, by the time the 8th-generation model was launched in 2005, it had already become the backbone of Honda’s sales system. You can understand it as the main vehicle type or pillar model. It is also from this generation that Honda has introduced different suspension types according to the needs of different markets. This is the European version of the front Macpherson independent suspension and the rear torsion beam non-independent suspension. Four-wheel independent suspension models with front McPherson and rear double wishbone are launched on the market. Considering that cars had just entered ordinary Chinese families at that time, people's acceptance of hatchbacks was extremely limited. Therefore, the prototype of Dongfeng Honda's domestically produced Civic was finally determined to be a three-box model with a double wishbone independent suspension rear suspension.
Four years ago, in 2011, the 9th generation Civic arrived as scheduled. Its appearance, interior, and power have not changed as much as the 8th generation model, so it is jokingly called the 8th generation and a half by many people. Similar to the previous generation, this generation of Civic is also divided into two editions. Although the independent suspension version is more conservative in shape and more in line with the Chinese aesthetics, its performance in the rear space and trunk space is not ideal, and due to the fact that there are many emerging competitors, it is not only in my country, but also in North America, which has the largest sales volume before. Market sales are not ideal.
Now, Honda brings the 10th generation of Civic to the stage. The appearance and interior finally have the impression that the general public should undergo a radical change in the face of the replacement. More importantly, since then, the Civic has become a global model, no longer divided into European and non-European versions. So, how will it meet the needs of people in different parts of the world, and what is the Civic to win the reputation and market for Honda?
● Outer practice-subvert the appearance of the past
Just like Gandalf's change from a gray robe to a white robe, a dazzling appearance is always better than everyone else. For Honda, it is necessary to be cautious when upgrading an important product like the Civic. In the early stages of development, the Japanese and American teams came up with two completely different design schemes. After layers of selection and evaluation, the American design finally won. then……
For such a result, Honda officials did not give too much explanation. It's no surprise that the lively Americans endow the Civic with such an appearance. However, if we have a rigorous discussion, can we think that Americans have a large number of cars and that they need to have a large American SUV or MPV to take up this role when traveling with their homes. Therefore, designers don't have much demand for the rear row. This deep-rooted reason has made them not very concerned about the poor riding experience of the back row brought by the slip-back shape.
Okay, let's put aside the styling problem and take a look at the design. This is an unavoidable problem for new models. Of course, whether it is in line with your aesthetics varies from person to person, so I won’t waste any space on the discussion here. We have something else to talk to you about the exterior design of the new car.
No matter how the appearance of the new generation model changes, it is a member of the Honda family after all. Therefore, although it has been affected by the aesthetics in the minds of some Americans, you can still quickly recognize it as a Honda. Of course, for a family car, the most important thing is practicality. These things buried under the surface are the top priority after the replacement.
After talking about the “virtual” styles, familialization, lines, and light sets for a long time, let’s take a look at the “real” content that domestic consumers care about. Judging from the data currently available, the new-generation model has been lengthened by 73mm, wider by 48mm, wheelbase increased by 30mm, and vehicle height decreased by 20mm. The changes in data are as you can see, and we will talk about the changes in the space in the car.
When it comes to appearance, aerodynamic design cannot be ignored. Although the current official has not announced the specific drag coefficient, the spokesperson previously revealed that the new model is about 12% better than the old model in this respect, and the airtightness of the vehicle is 58% higher than that of the previous model. This shows that Honda In the development of new models, the engineers did spend a lot of effort to improve the quietness of the vehicle.
The interior of the car body is also undergoing changes no less than the appearance. With the continuous development of material science and structural mechanics in recent years, the quality of the new models is gradually decreasing while ensuring safety. This is not only conducive to the performance of vehicle handling, but also It also helps to reduce vehicle fuel consumption.
The lightweight of the car body also has certain rules, or certain criteria. One of them is to ensure vehicle safety and maneuverability. For example, considering the problem of the center of gravity of the vehicle, lightweight generally follows the order from top to bottom, that is, the structure and material optimization of the roof, A-pillar, and B-pillar are prioritized. Among them, the use of high-strength steel and ultra-high-strength steel with higher strength and lighter weight has begun to become popular.
Different from the obvious beauty and ugliness of the appearance, the modification and optimization of the body structure are often not easy to notice. Guaranteeing safety and lightweight design seem to be contradictory, but in fact they can be balanced through the use of new materials and reasonable structural design. Honda has previously used the small car Fit to pass the most stringent 25% overlap offset crash test of the US IIHS with excellent results. I believe that the performance of the new Civic will also live up to everyone's expectations.
● Inner Reason-“Returning to Innocence” Interior Design
Although Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” consumed too much and died after fighting with the Balrog, the strong belief in his heart finally brought him back to life. He was resurrected by Iluvita, and eventually succeeded the evil Saruman, and then promoted. Become a white robe, become the head of the five witches.
The same applies to vehicles. The beautiful appearance is only the capital for onlookers to enjoy, and the interiors hidden inside are for their own use. Therefore, the quality of the interior design will always be a problem that accompanies us to use the car. If you summarize the characteristics of the 8th and 9th generation Civic interiors in the past tense, I think the adjective avant-garde is definitely not low. The upper and lower display of the instrument panel and the center console slightly biased towards the driver are One of the bonus weights.
Regarding the vehicle interior or configuration, it is not limited in space to introduce it in detail. Here we want to show you a few small details, which contains the ingenious balance of design and use made by Honda engineers.
In addition to the sense of science and technology, the last two generations of models left a deep impression on the center console that is slightly biased towards the driver. Everything is driven by the driver. Every effort is made to reduce the driver’s distraction when using the above functions. It has always been a unique feature of Honda's interior design.
For a long time, Honda pays great attention to a detail that is not usually paid attention to in vehicle interiors, and that is the seat design. It is not about making a difference in shape or softness, but focusing on support, or the comfort of long-distance driving. Such a concept has nothing to do with the brand founder Mr. Honda Soichiro.
As early as when the first-generation Accord was developed, Mr. Soichiro Honda discovered after long-distance driving that the soft seat would cause driver fatigue with the increase of driving time. Therefore, the design team redesigned and strengthened the support of related parts. In addition to the soft seat that is not common in the world, but the long-distance driving does not feel tired, this kind of grasp of details has persisted to this day.
Since the seat is mentioned earlier, it must be mentioned that the interior design of the vehicle is another top priority. Yes, this is the interior space of the vehicle. As we all know, Honda's engineers have always been magicians who cleverly create space in the car. The new Civic with the increased body size this time has taken a step forward in space creation. Compared with the previous generation model, the head space of the front driver and occupants has increased by 7.6mm, the head space of the rear passengers has increased by 10mm, and the leg space of the front and rear passengers has been increased. Increase 10mm and 30mm.
The interior design and exterior design of the New Civic show completely different design ideas. Under the radical and avant-garde exterior, the interior of the New Civic returns to the traditional in terms of instrument panel shape and center console angle. Such a change is more to meet the needs of consumers in daily use, not to pursue visual surprises, and to rely on practicality to impress consumers is also the norm in the hearts of American designers. Of course, the performance of the ride space that everyone cares about most can only be discussed later because there is no chance to experience it.
● One mind and mind-powertrain
Radical appearance, practical interior, what is the difference from success? That's right, it is power and control. As a classic model that has been well-known for many years, every generation of Civic spends a lot of time here in the development process. However, due to the limited official announcement, the actual experience part is also lacking, please forgive me.
The combination of the R18 series engine and the 5-speed balance shaft gearbox on the current Civic is a classic, but no matter how classic things are, they will get old. More and more competitors use small-displacement turbocharged engines and dual-clutch gearboxes in this level of models. The combination of a naturally aspirated engine and 5AT already seems a bit out of keeping with the times. The new generation Civic has also completed its transformation in the powertrain.
In the North American market that is already on sale, the new Civic has a total of 2 engines and two gearboxes to choose from. They are 2.0L naturally aspirated engine, 1.5L turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual gearbox and CVT gearbox. Among them, the combination of 2.0L engine and 6MT is the entry point of the whole series, and the other combinations are equipped with CVT gearboxes.
|Combination of the 10th generation Civic powertrain in North America|
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From the price point of view, the 2.0L naturally aspirated engine belongs to the entry-level and mid-level configuration products in the entire car series, and the 1.5L turbocharged engine is responsible for the mid-level and top-level tasks. In the past two years, the CVT gearbox that Honda has been promoting has also played a major role in the new Civic powertrain.
● Other things related to driving
The driving experience of a vehicle that we often talk about is not only a good engine and a gearbox that can be matched to perfection, but also various details that are closely related to it. The changes in the body size of the new Civic also suggest the adjustment of the dynamic performance of the vehicle. higher requirement. In terms of suspension structure, the new Civic uses a front MacPherson and rear multi-link independent suspension, but we can’t make a judgement if we haven’t actually experienced it so far.
In addition to power and handling performance, Honda has not hesitated to equip the new Civic with many of its own safety configurations in terms of active safety configuration. Some of the models are equipped with AHS (Agile Handling Assist), which is agile control assistance system.
LDW (Lane Departure Warning) lane departure warning system integrated with RDW road deviation mitigation function, FCW (Forward Collision Warning) forward collision warning system integrated with CMBS function, ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) adaptive cruise system integrated with low-speed follow-up function , LKAS (Lane Keeping Assist) Lane Keeping Assist system, etc. The above content has been interpreted and experienced in detail before, so I won’t repeat it here. If you are interested in it, you can click on “Assisted Driving-Based Honda Motor Safety Technology Experience” read.
Full text summary:
For Honda, the importance of the Civic is self-evident. It may be a good choice to leave the appearance design of the previous two generations to Americans with more jumping thinking. Of course, the American team has also lived up to the expectations of the Honda headquarters in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan. Its appearance is strong enough and beyond people's imagination, so that it has the capital to compete with many opponents. On the other hand, in the interior, the new Civic chose to return to the traditional route. It at least looks beautiful when developed with the goal of being practical, surpassing the previous space, and being accepted by more people. Of course, Honda is also playing its own strengths in the power part that it is good at. The combination of 2.0L naturally aspirated and 1.5L turbocharged engine satisfies both “self-priming” and “turbo-teaching”, while “manual control” Complementing the “Lazy Party”, they also obtained 6MT and CVT gearboxes. Now, this Gandalf, who was full of diligence, is back. It will return to the battlefield. Are you willing to be accompanied by it and walk a journey that belongs to you?