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India Bound Honda Civic: What To Expect

Modified On Jun 09, 2016 07:04 PM By Raunak for Honda Civic

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Skipping a whole generation, we’ll now be getting one of the best Civics Honda has ever created with the new model slated to launch in India soon

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is finally returning to India after a brief discontinuation and skipping a generation. The global tenth generation of the Civic is headed for our shores and it has been spied for the first time in the country recently. Over its lifetime, the Japanese car has generated quite a cult following across the globe, but the current-gen model is certainly the best Civic Honda has ever pulled off. One of the key highlights is the new turbocharged VTEC motor, the first ever turbocharged petrol from Honda. When launched it will go up against the likes of the facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis, the upcoming Hyundai Elantra, and the Skoda Octavia among others. Let us see what it is expected out of the new Civic.

A fastback design 

Honda Civic

Of all generations of the Honda Civic, the tenth-gen model looks remarkably different courtesy of the fastback rear profile. In keeping with global trends, the new Civic features a steeply raked roofline that will surely turn heads. This said, it does carry forward subtle characteristics of the previous gen models such as the sportier overhangs, low-slung looks and others. 

Honda Civic

Besides this, you will get Honda’s latest grille flanked by optional full-LED headlamps (If we get it just like the ASEAN-spec Civic RS), C-shaped LED taillamps, and diamond-cut alloys. 

Honda Civic

Mechanicals 

Honda Civic 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo

1.5-litre VTEC Turbo

The tenth generation Civic features Honda’s first ever turbocharged VTEC motor — a 1.5-litre four-pot VTEC Turbo. It is the most powerful engine in its lineup across the globe, which also includes 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines. The ASEAN-only version features 1.8-litre and 1.5-litre turbo engines. The 1.5-litre produces over 170 horses and close to 220Nm of max torque. It is expected that the Indian version might feature this 1.5-litre turbo engine, maybe as an RS version just like the Thai-spec model. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission).  

1.6-litre i-DTEC Diesel 

If you want to stay afloat in this segment, you do need a potent diesel counterpart as well. This is what the previous Civic lacked in the country. However, Honda started offering a diesel option in the outgoing European version of the Civic (eighth generation) and will carry forward this in the upcoming model as well. The Indian version is most likely to feature the same. The motor in the talk is a 1.6-litre i-DTEC oil burner mated to a six-speed manual, which is capable of generation 120PS and 300Nm of peak torque. Expect a certified fuel efficiency of over 20 kmpl.

Features 

Honda Civic Digital Instrument Cluster

The new Civic features an all-digital instrument cluster just like the previous generations. The infotainment system is a seven-inch touchscreen unit and supports both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. The updates from the infotainment system are reflected in the instrument cluster as well. 

Honda Civic Infotainment System

The climate control features dual-zone cooling and displays functions on the touchscreen infotainment unit. Besides this, you get an electronic parking brake and a brake hold button; pressing the latter holds the vehicle just like you do with your foot. 

Honda Civic

All in all, the new Civic is coming with all guns blazing this time, whether it comes to features or the mechanicals. And, reportedly, there will be heavy localisation this time as compared to the eighth generation version.  

Honda Civic

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Ashok Verma
Oct 20, 2017 8:03:25 AM

Honda Civic, earlier on too, filled the gap between Honda City and Honda Accord. People did graduate to next segment that way. Now, there is yawning gap between Honda City and Honda Accord, affordability wise. Hence, all Honda lovers, driving Honda City, and desirous of upgrading themselves to next segment, are being forced to migrate to Altis or Octavia or Elantra. That does not seem to be a prudent strategy of Honda Motors. Perhaps Honda is trying its luck in smaller cars, particularly in SUV segment. Hope Honda takes steps to prevent migration of Honda City customers to C segment of other brands.

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    Ajay Dhawan
    Jul 3, 2016 7:30:25 AM

    Pray that all car makers keep in mind the ground clearances before making Cars for India.. We definitely need highter ground clearances and bigger wheels.. Have been a proud owner of the Civic for years.. my only crib has been the ground clearance...

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    Puneet Sehgal
    Jul 18, 2016 11:33:09 AM

    True mate but thats the major problem with Honda -there engines are best but it seems they keep the ground clearance level seeing the level of american or european road -This is India :) but now the roads conditions here are also improving

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