Honda Cars India discontinued the Civic sedan in India in 2013, owing to declining sales. While the car was popular among car buyers, the lack of a diesel engine eventually reduced its demand. At the time, there was a rising demand for the diesel powered vehicles as petrol prices were increasing constantly. Since then, the Japanese carmaker has developed and launched its own Earth Dreams diesel engines which powers present models. Honda is now planning to relaunch the Civic sedan in India by the end of 2017 or early 2018. The new Honda Civic will be offered with new engine options as well as new features. The company will use ultra high-strength steel with improved 25 % higher torsional rigidity that will make the sedan lighter that the last generation model sold in the country.
Engine: Internationally, the Honda Civic is powered by two Earth Dreams four-cylinder engines, a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine that develops 174 hp and a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated unit that produces 158 hp of power. In India, the company might launch the same engine options, but in a different state of tune. The diesel engine could be a 1.6 litre diesel unit with 120 hp of power. The transmission duties are expected to be performed by a 6-speed manual and a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic gearbox.
Design: The new Civic is vastly different from the previous generation model, but features the same 'smiling' front fascia with a thick chrome slat seen on other Honda cars. The most notable difference is that the new Civic is a notchback, wherein the boot is an extension to the roof line and doesn't appear as a different section. The LED headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), fog lamps mounted on the front bumper, new alloy wheel design, sunroof and dual-tone ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) will also be equipped on the upcoming Civic.
Equipment: The India-bound Honda Civic will get an all-black interior theme. The Civic will also get other convenient features such as leather seat upholstery, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control, multi-way adjustable driver seat, automatic temperature control and a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Safety: The Honda Civic will be equipped with a host of both active and passive safety features. The carmaker will offer the new Civic with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) as standard, while the lower higher versions are expected to get Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and 6-airbags.
Price and competition: The upcoming Honda Civic price is expected to start at Rs 15 lakh, ex-showroom. With this price bracket, the Civic will compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla Altis, Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia and the Hyundai Elantra in the D-segment.
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