Honda has ensured that all eyes are on its Johannesburg Motor Show stand by showing up with the NSX Concept as its showstopper.
The NSX Concept gives show goers a glimpse of what what the production car will look like. The production version will make use of a mid-mounted, direct-injected V6 engine mated to Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system, which is part of the Earth Dreams Technology series.
The major draw card for the Civic Tourer will be the extra usable interior room afforded by the new bodystyle. Honda claims a massive 624 litre boot volume, and 1 668 litre utility space, with a loading height that’s been lowered by 137 mm. Honda’s “Magic Seat” configuration system further enhances the usable interior room, with additional under-floor storage in the boot for taller items. Or if the cargo is really big, the rear seat cushions can be flipped to allow for even more volume.
The Civic Tourer will be offered with an efficient 104 kW 1,8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with 174 N.m that will be mated with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
The new Honda Civic Tourer will go on sale in South Africa during the first half of 2014. Final model line-up, specification and pricing will be determined closer to the on-sale date.
The new Honda Accord will be launched in South Africa sometime in 2014. It will be offered with will be offered with a choice of two in-line four-cylinder engines, and a range-topping V6. The entry-level 2,0-litre i-VTEC unit produces 115 kW of power, together with 192 N.m of torque.
The 2,4-litre i-VTEC engine has a rated maximum output of 129 kW, combined with a 225 Nm torque peak, while the 3,5-litre V6 produces a muscular 206 kW, linked to 339 N.m.