Honda is not happy with the previous Civic sales and was in dire need to give a quick cosmetic changeover since 2011 for the model to be launched in 2012. The company initiated the process by minor exterior changes along with better equipment while the second generation sedan received a drastic change from its existing automatic to a continuous variable transmission.
Though the automobile market in India is undeniably grappling with some arduous conditions, the fact remains that manufacturers with germane products are doing quite well for themselves. Case in point, the Hyundai Xcent and the Honda City. Same goes for other segments too.
Honda’s refusal to give in to the diesel revolution despite announcing a 1.6-litre diesel engined Civic for the European market in 2012 hurt the car’s sales quite a lot. So much so, that it often struggled to go beyond double digit sales figures towards the end. That was the Civic’s fate in India.
The sedan which was discontinued in the year 2012 is now expected to be re-launched and this time it is expected that now the new generation Honda Civic would be featured with an additional 1.8L i-VTEC along with the VTEC turbo engine.
Globally, it is quite a different story. The ninth-generation Civic sedan was launched in international markets in 2011 and came with a myriad of powertrains. However, the diesel options were introduced only in the European markets, and included the 1.6-litre i-DTEC and the now discontinued 2.2-litre i-CTDi engines.
According to the civic forum it is reported that the upcoming sedan Civic will also get Android Auto technology or Apple CarPlay in order to provide better options of connectivity. In addition to this, the car’s in-built intelligent multi-information display feature is possibly going to have a bigger screen and would be more spontaneous in use.
Honda Cars in India has not officially announced the date of launch of the new Civic model which witnessed a significant failure in the year 2012. And, the Honda is now primarily focusing on the facelift of its hatchback car, Jazz.
Considering Honda’s recent success with diesel engines in India, I am convinced that the Civic diesel sedan will also perform pretty well here. Though rumours claim that Honda has written off the Civic’s future in the Indian market, it remains to be seen if the sedan will return or not.