All-new Honda Civic sedan to be launched in India this year as Toyota Corolla challenger

The 10th generation Honda Civic will be launched in India this year. The car will be making a comeback into India nearly five years after the 8th generation model was discontinued in the market here, and after Honda skipped a whole generation of the car for the Indian market. The new car is larger, completely restyled on the outside and inside, and is also more spacious. It will be imported into India through completely knocked down (CKD) kits and assembled here. Honda is expected to price it at around Rs. 15 lakhs, as a competitor to the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Hyundai Elantra.

The new Civic was also shown at the Auto Expo, along with two other new Honda cars – the all-new Amaze and the 7 seat CR-V. Honda will equip the new Civic with 2 engines – a 1.8 liter petrol with 138 Bhp and 174 Nm, and a 1.6 liter turbo diesel with 118 Bhp and 300 Nm. Both engines will get 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard but an automatic gearbox option will be offered only on the petrol engine. It will get a CVT automatic gearbox with 7 stepped shifts, and also paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. The new Civic will be a front wheel driven, monocoque sedan.

Both the petrol and diesel engines of the car will be assembled in India, and the Civic is expected to launch with a competitive price tag. In its comeback, the car could sell a lot more than it did the first time around because of the addition of the diesel engine. The new Civic is expected to be launched in India by the end of this year. It’s meant to be the logical upgrade for City sedan owners. The new car will be Honda’s way of keeping City owners within the brand, and this explains the launch timeline just at the end of the smaller car’s life cycle.

News Source: Times of India

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