It has by now become fairly well-known that the Honda Civic is about to return to India. Honda Cars India used to sell the eighth-generation Civic in India, which was discontinued owing to low demand. However, the company is now planning to launch the tenth-generation Civic in our country. The latest Civic made its world debut in 2015 and is about to receive a facelift. It’s this upcoming facelift that will make it to our shores next year.
The launch of the tenth-generation Civic will take place early next year. It will follow the launch of the all-new CR-V. Both the upcoming Honda cars were showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 in February this year. However, the India-spec Civic will be the refreshed model that will be unveiled later this year. Seen above is a speculative image of the upcoming Civic facelift.
As per the above rendering, the facelifted version of the tenth-generation Civic will carry a comprehensively updated front styling. The updated front-end will feature a bigger grille, an updated bumper and new headlamps. In the side profile, the car will carry a set of more stylish alloy wheels. The upcoming facelift will be a typical mid-cycle refresh aimed at freshening up the car’s aesthetics.
Compared to the eighth-generation Civic that was on sale in the country, the tenth-gen car is bolder, fresher, and more in tune with the company’s latest design philosophy. It carries several bold design features, such as a prominent shoulder line and a steeply raking C-pillar. The interior will also look much fresher and bolder than what the eighth-gen model offered. The upcoming sedan will also offer a modern touchscreen infotainment unit.
As per the claims by Honda, the latest generation of the popular sedan uses a sophisticated chassis that is made up of ultra-high-strength steel. This has improved the structure’s torsional rigidity by a huge margin. Hence, we can safely expect well-sorted dynamics. It’s said that the overall dimensions of the current tenth-gen Civic might change with the advent of the facelift. However, the car will continue to offer a 2,700 mm wheelbase.
While the earlier India-spec Civic came with a petrol engine only, the upcoming version will offer both petrol and diesel engines. Internationally, the Civic is offered with a myriad of engines, which includes motors ranging from a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit to a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The India-spec Civic, however, will come with an updated version of the 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that powered the earlier car. The India-spec Civic will also come with a 1.6-litre diesel engine from the company’s Earth Dreams family of engines. Both the engines are expected to offer manual and automatic transmissions.
In India, the updated Civic will rival the likes of Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra. Hence, we can expect the prices to start at over Rs 16 lakh.
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