2018 Honda Civic all-set for India, here's all you need to know
Honda unveiled the next generation Civic at the 2018 Auto Expo held in India, and after a span of over 6 years, the Civic sedan is all set to make a comeback to the Indian car market. The Honda Civic will sit in between the Honda City and the Honda Accord Hybrid.
The Honda Civic is slated to reshape Honda's plan to refocus on the premium segment offerings with the launch of the new updated models. Honda, as a part of its plan, launched the all-new Honda Amaze compact sedan and also plans to bring the new seven-seat CR-V SUV to the market before the Civic hits ground.
Here's all you need to know about the upcoming Civic.
The Civic which will be launched in India will be the tenth generation Civic. The Civic which Honda sold in India was the eighth-gen from 2006 and was eventually discontinued in 2013 considering there was no diesel variant as compared to market rivals which were introducing new models with the option of diesel engines as well.
The new Civic is expected to be launched by the end of this year. Honda gave the ninth-gen Civic a skip for the Indian market because it felt the Civic was not in line with the market rivals. As for the tenth-gen Civic, Honda has already started testing the new car for the Indian market.
On the design front, the new Civic is largely different from its earlier versions. The new Civic gets a swooping low-roofline, and sports a bold chrome bar across the grille and LED accents. Also, similar to Honda's previous design philosophy, the upcoming Civic looks sharp and futuristic. The interiors are different and get a much cleaner design and additional metal highlights and a new infotainment system.
Honda also states that upcoming Civic will get one of the best chassis to ever grace a Civic model. An inclusion of high-strength steel has helped increase torsional rigidity by almost 25 per cent. Wheelbase is expected to remain the same, although the length, width, and height may change.
For the international markets, the Honda Civic gets a choice of engines starting from the frugal 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, to a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol. For the Indian market, Honda is slated to bring the earlier 1.8-litre petrol churning out 140bhp. The engine will be made BSVI compliant. Also, on the cards is the introduction of the new 1.6-litre diesel engine from Honda's Dreams engine line, which will make its debut in the Indian market with the CR-V SUV. Also, we expect both the petrol and diesel to come with CVT gearbox options as well.
Upon launch, the Honda Civic will immediately lock horns with already established players like the Corolla Altis, Skoda Octavia, and the Hyundai Elantra. Honda is expected to launch the Civic officially by the end of this year or early next year.