Honda Civic Car has been one of the most popular names in the luxury sedan segment in the subcontinent. It was first launched in 2006 and had a very good run in the domestic market before the production was halted in the year 2013.
As a part of the strategy followed by Honda, the company has now started focusing on the volume passenger car section which calls for competitively priced vehicles. Honda Amaze subcompact sedan and Brio hatchback were the best examples of the aggressiveness that the company had perched on.
This new Honda Civic will be the 10th generation update and has already made to several markets in Asian destinations like Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. The Indian launch is expected to happen sometime close to the end of 2017 or by the beginning of 2018.
The new Honda Civic will be longer and wider than the previous generation model and will get a die-for aesthetics, which, of course, will come with revisions compared to its outgoing version. The exteriors will be sleeker and much more aggressively styled. The horizontal front LED headlamps are carved under a chiseled bonnet lid. A strip of chrome runs right across the horizontal front, bisecting the grille into two. The side profile looks butch yet elegant. There are cuts and chiseled bit all around the car. The 17-inch alloy wheels appears to be thicker than before. There is a panoramic sunroof too. At the rear, the semi-arch shaped tail light sets the sedan apart from other cars.
On the inside, the Honda Civic sedan will be as plush and urban as always. It will be generously spacious with a large 519-litre boot space. The sedan will come with adaptable center instrument console and a large 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which comes integrated with satellite navigation along with connection with a multi-angle rearview camera. Other features include a multi-functioned steering wheel, automatic climate control, smart keyless entry, heated seats and a push start/stop button. The button bits on the dashboard look to be of high quality.
The safety features in this car will include almost all the primary features that come as a part in the ideal safety provision list. It will get as many as six safety airbags, vehicle stability control, ABS with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), hill start and a tire deflation warning technology. Apart from these standard features, it will also get some top end safety features like electronic stability control, forward collision warning lane departure warning, cruise control and Honda LaneWatch.
With the help of the all new Honda Civic sedan, the company has tried to fill a big deficit that it had from a long time now. The car will come with both engine powertrains, a petrol and a diesel engine option, as the older versions lacked a diesel trim.
Although the petrol trim is not expected to be any different than that of the outgoing model, it’s the newly available diesel engine that is more talked about and anticipated. It is expected to be the same oil burner as the one we have seen in the Honda CR-V. That said, the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit will be able to make a top power of 118 bhp at 4,000 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 300 Nm at 3,000 revs per minute.
For petrol units, the sedan is expected to get two options, like a 1.8-litre unit and a 1.5-litre unit. The transmission options for both gasoline as well as diesel trims will vary from a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT (common variable transmission) gearbox.
The premium Honda Civic did start its journey in a very promising fashion. But it slowly went into a dull period where the demand had gone down considerably. This sluggish demand caused the company to suspend the production back in 2013. A change in the strategy will now see the Civic in India soon and will be targeted at stiffer opponents like the Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla Altis.
The base variant of the Honda Civic is expected to be priced at around Rs. 15 lakhs exclusive showroom in Delhi while the top end variants will see an exclusive showroom price of Rs. 20 lakhs.
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