Japanese automaker Honda launched the Civic sedan in the country back in 2006. Civic was the best-in-class model at that time and it became very popular in the Indian subcontinent. However, in 2013, the company was forced to weed out the sedan from the market due to the arrival of diesel cars by other manufacturers in the same segment.
A few months back, Yoichiro Ueno, Honda's CEO hinted that the automaker might relaunch the Civic in the country. Currently, the Civic is in its 10th generation and the styling is more futuristic. The new Civic will be a good upgrade for the Honda City customers who are looking for more power and features.
The Honda Civic comeback will give a headache to rivals, Hyundai and Toyota, who are ruling the D-segment with their Elantra and Corolla Altis. The new aggressive Civic sedan will fill the gap between recently launched luxury sedan Honda Accord and compact sedan Honda City.
The 10th generation Honda Civic looks intimidating due to its aggressive design. The model now features full LED headlamps, C-shaped LED taillamps and diamond cut alloy wheels.
In the global market, the Civic is offered with a 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre petrol engines and a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. We can expect Honda to offer Civic in India with a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel motor which is capable of producing 118bhp and 300Nm of torque.
Other engine options that the Indian customers can expect are 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. We can expect the Honda Civic to hit the Indian market by the festive season.