Our friends at OnCars.in reported that Honda Civic ninth generation model, has begun testing in India. But at the moment we don’t have any spy pictures to show, but if the 2013 Civic is really being landed on Indian roads, we can soon expect the spyshots to emerge. Honda has discontinued the Civic in India due to slumping sales figures, it still has a very strong presence in the international market.
The last-generation Civic had nowhere to go as the lack of a turbo diesel engine under the hood. Thus, even the launch of ninth-generation Civic was further delayed, but now the source say that the new Civic will follow the launch of all-new CR-V in India. Surprisingly, the company has begun testing the petrol version of Civic, powered by a 1.8-litre i-Vtec engine that produces 140 bhp of power.
The engines offered in the new Honda Civic differs based on the market, the US market get as 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, but the European model gets a 1.6-litre oiler – which is essentially the same mill that is the basis of the 1.5-litre i-DTEC oil burner that will power the upcoming Honda Amaze sedan.
While Honda has no plans of bringing the 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbo diesel engine to India, we assume the new Civic to get a higher spec version of the 1.5-liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine, if it ever gets launched in India. The 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine will be first plonked into the Honda Brio Amaze compact sedan, followed by the next generation Jazz and City models.
However, the exact engine specification for Indian model is not known at the moment. Do you think Honda should launch the petrol Civic in India? Share your views in India.
Also see – Honda India to phase-out Civic soon
Source – OnCars.in