When it was still sold here, the Honda Civic was one of the most sought-after vehicles in India. The Civic was launched in India in 2006 and stayed here till 2013. The southward sales of the vehicle (primarily due to the lack of a diesel option) forced Honda to discontinue the model in India. In almost 8 years, the Civic sold nearly 55,000 units. Now, Honda is planning to relaunch the Civic on the Indian roads. Here’s all you want to know about the vehicle.
The new generation Civic has been spotted at the Honda Car India factory at Tapukara. The car has now entered its 10th generation and looks nothing like the old one. The new Civic looks ultra modern and may prove to be a game-changer in the D-Segment that already has Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra.
The new Civic that will be launched in India looks more like a fastback than a sedan. The aggressive styling of the Civic includes a raked C-Pillar that gives it a unique identity. The new car also gets C-shaped LED tail lamps, diamond cut alloy wheels and the new thick grille that has all-LED headlamps on the side.
Why is it coming?
Honda’s CEO, Yoichiro Ueno has already mentioned that Honda will not venture into the sub-compact car (Alt0, WagonR) market and will keep the brand premium in India. In tune with this, Honda has already launched its flagship, the Accord in India. Now to fill the gap between the City and the Accord, the Civic will make perfect sense.
Also, Honda India’s chief has mentioned that Honda City owners will look for an upgrade in 4 years and the Civic will serve as a perfect choice for such customers. The current generation City was launched in 2014. In 2018, the car will complete 4 years, which will be a perfect time for Honda to launch the vehicle. Honda is likely showcase the car at the 2018 Auto Expo.
What makes the new Honda Civic a great bet?
Honda pulled the plug on Civic after the market shifted towards diesel powered vehicles. Honda’s reluctance to offer diesel engines in India had a fallout in shape of Civic. Now the brand has a diesel engine in the market and the consumer preference has also become well balanced between the petrol and diesel vehicles, the stage of Civic is set.
Honda offers the new Civic with 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter naturally aspirated petrol and 1.5-liter turbo petrol engines in the international markets. In India, Honda will make sure that launch the new Civic with a diesel engine. Honda is likely to plonk the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 118 Bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque in the India-spec Civic.
What makes 1.6-litre diesel engine likely for India?
Honda has also started producing the new 1.6-litre diesel engine at the Tapukara plant and it will be exported to many international markets from India. Also, according to AutoCar, Honda will launch the fifth-generation CR-V in India next year. The India-spec CR-V will be powered by a diesel engine for the first time ever. So, launching both the new Civic and CR-V with diesel engines makes a lot of sense.
The all-new CR-V will be powered by the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine that produces a maximum power of 158 Bhp at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The 2.4-litre petrol engine will continue too. The new CR-V will also get 7-seats instead the current 5-seat layout.