Honda Civic was one of the most loved cars in India when it was sold in the country. The Civic was present in the Indian market from 2006 to 2013 and gathered a lot of customers and followers in the country. The dwindling sales due to the arrival of diesel powered cars in the segment and Honda’s reluctance to accept diesel fuel at that time forced the 8th generation of Civic out of the market.
Earlier, Honda India’s CEO, Yoichiro Ueno hinted that Honda might bring back the Civic to India as it will prove to be a good upgrade for the Honda City owners. The Civic is in its 10th generation right now and looks way more advanced that what it used to look like in the Indian market. The comeback of Civic will prove to be a huge game changer in the D-Segment, which already has cars like Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla Altis.
Honda recently launched the hybrid Accord in India. Now to fill the gap between two sedans, the Civic makes perfect sense. Honda City now being three years old in the market, it will good time to capture the customers who are looking for an upgrade in the market.
The new Civic now looks like a fastback instead of a mere sedan. The aggressive styling bits of the new Civic gives it a new identity. The new Civic offers C-shaped LED tail lamps; diamond cut alloys and an all-new thick slat grille with full-fledged optional LED lights.
In the international market, the Civic is powered by 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engines and a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. The Indian model, however, should also get the 1.6-litre i-DTECengine that churns out a maximum of 118 BHP and 300 Nm of torque. Honda may offer 1.5-litre turbo petrol along side 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine in the country. Honda is busy with the WR-V as of now. The Civic may be launched by the festive season in India.