The 10th generation Civic will be Honda’s next big launch for the Indian car market. While the car made its global debut in 2015 and went on sale in 2016, it’ll arrive here sometime next year. The 2018 Auto Expo is the location where you’ll see this car. The Civic that’ll be sold here will be the sedan variant. Globally, Honda also sell the 10th-gen Civic in hatchback guise.
The car will be aimed at Honda owners who’re keen on upgrading from the City sedan, which will be four years old in India by the time the new Civic arrives. In a first for the Indian car market, the new Civic is likely to be offered with a diesel engine considering that Honda now builds this motor for export at the Tapukara factory, Rajasthan. The same diesel engine could also make it to the CR-V SUV.
The engine in question makes 120 Bhp-300 Nm, and is an all-aluminium unit based on the EarthDreams series of diesel engines. Yes, it’s from the same family as the 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel engine (which powers the City, Jazz, BR-V, WR-V and Amaze). Buyers will be hoping that the 1.6 liter diesel is quieter than the 1.5 liter unit.
Internationally, the Civic has a range of petrol powered engines, starting from a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged unit to the 2 liter naturally aspirated motor. For India, the tried and tested 1.8 liter-4 cylinder, naturally aspirated VTEC engine with 138 Bhp-174 Nm is likely.
Honda also has a 1.5 liter turbo petrol motor that makes 170 Bhp-220 Nm. We’re not sure if the turbo petrol motor will make it to India. Both manual and automatic gearboxes could be on offer. In India, the Civic will take on the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, the Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia. Expect the car to be priced at par with the Corolla Altis.