Honda CEO confirms CIVIC launch for India in 2018

The CEO of Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) Yoichiro Yeno, has just confirmed that the Civic D-Segment sedan would be launched in India during 2018. The car will be positioned above the City sedan. The tenth generation Honda Civic that was introduced in 2015 has made its Indian debut finally at Auto Expo 2018 alongside the all-new Amaze and the 4th generation CR-V.

The car will be sold with 2 engine options – a 1.8 liter, naturally aspirated petrol with 141 bhp of peak power and 174 Nm of peak torque, and a 1.6 liter, turbocharged diesel with 120 bhp power and 300 Nm of peak torque. The petrol engine will get 6-speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes while the diesel will only get a 6-speed manual gearbox. This is the first time that Honda is offering a diesel engine on the Civic in India.

The Honda Civic was discontinued in India when it was in its eighth generation and the ninth-gen model was completely skipped. Now, Honda has decided to bring back the car in its tenth generation. The fully redesigned Honda Civic is underpinned by an all-new modular platform that forms the basis for even the fifth-gen Honda CR-V and the tenth-gen Honda Accord.

Main features of the 2018 Honda Civic should include LED headlamps with LED DRLs, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay, electric parking brake with brake hold function, power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, multi-angle rearview camera and six airbags.

The Honda Civic will receive a facelift this year internationally and Honda will directly launch this updated Honda model in India. The launch is expected to take place around the festive season, although there’s no confirmation of that. It will compete with the Toyota Corolla Altis, the Hyundai Elantra, and the Skoda Octavia. Expect prices of the new Civic to start from over Rs. 15 lakhs

 

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