Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. first introduced the Civic in India in 2006, the sporty looks and cutting edge engine of the Honda Civic captured a lot of attention in the Indian market. Eventually Honda had to compromise in sales due to the lack of a diesel engine coupled with the rising fuel prices in India.
Now the next generation is out in some countries and it’s headed for an India launch in mid-2013. The design is more revolutionary (unlike the earlier car). Infact, the lines have been toned down which should make the saloon appeal to a wider customer base. However, the interior are just as radical as before and feature a dual level split instrument console.
The new Civic should feature an updated version of the 1.8-litre, SOHC i-4 petrol engine with improved refinement, emissions, economy and performance, Peak power will be around 140bhp. The icing on the cake is the 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel which is capable of 50 PS and 350 Nm of torque.
A diesel engine is also on the cards, but is unlikely to make it to India before late-2013. Having tasted the blood with its aggressive pricing for the Brio and Jazz, expect a surprise sticker price for this model too.
Also see – Euro-spec 2012 Honda Civic first images released