The Civic has finally reached the Honda Cars India website, ahead of its launch in India soon. The car will be the 10th generation model and is making a comeback into India after more than 3 years of non-production and non-sale in the Indian market. Basically, Honda skipped a generation of the Civic for India, and we’re directly going from the 8th generation model to the 10th generation model. The rivals of the new Civic will include the Toyota Corolla Altis, the Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia sedans.
Details of the new Civic for India confirms petrol and diesel engines for the car. The new sedan is meant for people upgrading from the Honda City, and is also for those who want a very fuel efficient diesel D-Segment sedan. The Civic with the 1.6 liter i-DTEC turbodiesel engine promises to be the most fuel efficient car in its segment, with a mileage figure of nearly 28 Kmpl, or even more.
The diesel engine produces 120 PS and 300 Nm, and will be sold with a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. In future, Honda may even add a 9 speed automatic gearbox to this car. The petrol engine of the Civic will be 1.8 liter i-VTEC unit that India is already familiar with as this engine was available on the older car as well. The petrol engine makes 140 PS and 174 Nm, and will get two gearbox options – a 6 speed manual and a CVT automatic with paddle shifters and 7 stepped shifts.
Honda will build both the petrol and diesel engines of the car in India. This is expected to result in a competitive price tag for the new Civic, which will be CKD assembled in India. Prices are likely to start from Rs. 15 lakhs. The Civic’s official launch is expected to happen by the end of this year.