After the City, the most loved Honda car in India has to be the Civic. The low slung sedan filled up the space between the City and the Accord and was immediately a favourite amongst enthusiasts with its 1.8-litre powerful engine. With petrol cars going out of fashion at the beginning of the decade, the Civic slowly drove itself into oblivion.
Honda might bring back the Civic and we say that because the car has been spotted around HCIL’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. The car that was spotted is the tenth generation of the Civic globally and when it comes, it will be a generation jump from the eighth generation car that we have had in India from 2006 to 2013.
The new Civic has been built on an entirely new platform and the looks have been design to fit in the new Honda design language. It looks like a baby Accord unlike the distinct styling of the previous generation cars. The signature thick chrome slat in the front with the modern LED headlamps and LED DRLs look futuristic.
Unlike the typical sedan profile of the earlier Civic, the new one has a notchback-like lines with a high boot lid and a sloping roof. The tail design is striking with the boomerang shaped tail lamps, twin exhausts and multiple creases. The 17 inch alloys look striking as well.
Inside, you have the typical Honda interior, similar to the ones we have seen in the BR-V and the City. The all-black interior looks premium with the brushed aluminium highlights but the India car might get a black and beige combination instead. It gets a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system and automatic climate control. The instrument console has a large tachometer at the centr with e digital speedometer and a multifunction display nested in it. The other dials are the fuel and temperature gauges. It gets armrests for both the rows with height adjustable driving seats and electrically operated wing mirrors.
The tenth-generation Civic gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and naturally aspirated 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre engines. While the India Civic has had the 1.8-litre mill, we might see the debut of the 170bhp turbo-petrol. The Civic has the engines mated to a six-speed manual and the CVT automatic gearboxes. It is said that the India car might also see a diesel engine being offered with the Civic, but the 100bhp setup would certainly be too underpowered for a car of this size.
The Civic, in case it comes to India, will compete against the Hyundai Elantra, the Skoda Octavia, The Toyota Corolla Altis and the Chevrolet Cruze.