Honda is currently focusing on the premium end of the mass market segment. The Japanese automaker recently launched the next-gen CR-V and a mid-size SUV is expected to be coming soon. Honda will also be bringing back the Civic nameplate to the Indian market after a long time.
The Civic, which was once a brand builder for the company, will arrive in a more attractive and sporty form compared to the previous model. On all probabilities, the Civic will be launching on February next-year. The premium sedan was recently spied with camouflage undergoing testing.
We can see a full LED headlamp cluster and a sloping roofline, which could strike a chord with the Indian public. Other features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lamps and chrome treatment on the grille. Honda first unveiled the new Civic here during the 2018 Auto Expo to a lot of praise from spectators alike.
Engine-wise, the Civic will be having a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine making 140 BHP of power and 174 Nm of torque. There is also a chance of the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, making 120 BHP of power and 300 Nm of torque, getting the nod for India. It will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, with a CVT transmission set to be offered as an option.
Honda is expected to be pricing the Civic at a range of around Rs.15-20 lakh, which will be on par with its rivals. These include the Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla. The new Civic is one of the most anticipated cars to be arriving next year, so it will be interesting to see whether it will be able to live up to the hype.
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