New 2012 Honda Civic sedan NOT coming to India?
The new 2012 Honda Civic that was launched in markets globally many months ago is apparently a no-show for the Indian car market. According to AutocarIndia Editor Hormazd Sorabjee, the Japanese automaker is not planning to launch the new Civic to replace the older model, that has been around in India for quite a while now. Honda’s reluctance to launch the new 2012 Civic sedan in India stems from the lack of a diesel engine in its portfolio. Also, the car has been a dud in many markets across the world, with critics vociferously panning the car for being a damp squib in terms of the update.
The excuse of not having a diesel engine though sounds quite lame, given the fact that Honda just unveiled the 1.6 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine that was showcased a while ago, amidst much fanfare, given that it was first in the new range of diesel motors from Honda. This 1.6 Liter diesel engine, to be built in the United Kingdom, delivers 120 Bhp of peak power and 300 Nm of peak torque, along with class leading fuel economy and low tail pipe emissions. This very engine will be used on the 2012 Civic. However. Honda seems reluctant to launch the 2012 Civic diesel in India, for reasons best known to it.
So, that means that we’ll still have to wait many more months, for the 2013 Honda Civic, that the Japanese automaker has assiduously began developing, following the disappointing reaction to the 2012 Civic. However, with the current Civic becoming dated by the passing week, Honda will have a task at hand to push the car out of showroom shelves. Once a decent seller in India, the Civic, which was quite radical when it was first launched in India, has become a sluggard as it doesn’t have a diesel engine under its hood.
The 2012 Civic sedan that is sold in Europe has also been offered with a 2.2 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine, that pumps out 148 Bhp and 350 Nm. While this engine has been around for quite a while in cars like the Accord and CR-V in Europe, Honda has been stating that it is not suitable to run on Indian diesel, thus refraining from launching diesel versions of the aforementioned cars in India. Needless to say, the lack of diesel engines in Honda’s Indian car range has cost the car maker dearly at the hustings.