Honda is bringing back the 10th generation Civic to India. Honda India pulled the plug off the Civic assembly line in 2013 due to slump in sales. Lack of a diesel engine, the decline in demand for petrol cars and the drastic fall in sales of lower D-segment forced the Japanese car maker to withdraw the Civic from the Indian car scenario in the first half of the calendar year 2013.
Circa 2017, the latest generation (10th gen) Civic is around the corner and will be hitting the Indian tarmac soon. The car has already been launched commercially in the European, American and some of the Asian markets (including our neighbour country, Pakistan). The Civic can be nicely slotted between the City and the larger and expensive Accord in Honda’s car-folio. More importantly, Civic becomes a natural upgrade for the existing Honda City owner.
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The 2017 Civic isn’t the most daring design from Honda in a while. The car gets an all-new design with the recently acquired family face. The new Civic has a well distinct coupe-like roofline and a notchback rear end. The design is matured yet futuristic and busy; the car has a pretty conservative (when compared the last sixth-gen Civic sold in India) but well organised and a broadly horizontal looking dashboard. A touch screen infotainment system at the center takes care of all the entertainment duties. The Civic is expected to offer decent space inside the cabin.
The car is expected to come with a petrol engine and a diesel engine will join at a later stage. The 1.8-Litre iVTEC engine will dispense 143 hp, mated either to a 6-speed manual or a CVT. The diesel variant will be powered by Honda’s light 1.6-Litre iDTEC engine which generates a peak power of 118 hp.
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The car is expected to be priced in the INR 13 lakh - INR16 lakh (ex-showroom) price bracket. We can expect the car to be launched by May 2017 in India.
With the launch of Civic, Honda will have a nice spread of able cars starting with the Brio and all the way up to the big Accord. The success of the Civic will depend upon the price as well as how fast Honda will bring the diesel variant of the Civic to India.