Honda Civic Sedan With Turbo Power Coming To India
Likely to get 1.5-litre turbo-charged petrol engine making 174 hp and 219 Nm of torque.
Hey, Elantra and Octavia sedans, just back off!! The car which redefined the petrol-powered executive sedan segment in India over the last decade is back, in a much sophisticated and powerful avatar. The all-new tenth-generation Honda Civic is headed to our market by the end of this year, with a truck load of bells and whistles including sparky styling, finest interiors, connectivity features, and turbo power.
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Based on the new Honda compact global platform of the new Honda CR-V, the Civic destined for India will be the ASEAN-spec model that is already on sale in South-East-Asian markets including Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. For the domestic sales, the company is likely to import knocked-down kits from its Thailand plant (Prachin Buri) and locally assemble at Honda Cars India’s assembly lines in India.
I’m a big fan of the eigth-generation Honda Civic (now discontinued in India) even today. Well, who isn’t? The car’s low-slung shape with futuristic design language mesmerized us. In fact, the styling is quite contemporary even today after 12 years. Now that you think of a whole new generation of that magic car (although we missed the ninth-generation car) made for the present, you are sure that the styling is going to be like no other. The new Civic, at the outset, is more like a modern art piece you can keep admiring on and on! The design characteristics of sharp creases and cuts with coupe-ish silhouette is phenomenal. The front fascia is dominated by stunning nose with chrome ‘eyebrow’ grille and satiny full-LED headlamps, while the boomerang-inspired tail-lamps and slanting windshield defines the rear.
Inside the cabin, a wider dashboard with uncluttered upholstery and layered look is the norm, made of high-quality materials and thoughtful positioning of essential items. Indian-spec Civic may get an upmarket beige colour theme, along with leather seating and plastic of high standards. Other in-cabin features likely to be on the list are electric parking brake, start/stop button, smartphone connectivity using ‘Honda Connect’ infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, center-console display, and digital instrumentation for the driver.
If and once launched with the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder VTEC turbo-charged petrol engine, the Civic sedan will be one the sporty and fun to drive car in the entire segment. With a rated output of 174 hp at 6,000 rpm and 219 Nm at 1,700-5,500 rpm, the engine will be paired to a CVT automatic gearbox. The engine features dual variable valve timing, forged crankshaft, and cracked connecting rods, along with new-gen spark plugs. The car claims to hit 0-100 kmph in just 8.3 seconds. The Civic range is also expected to get locally-made 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 120 hp of power.
With an expected price tag of INR 16-20 lakhs, the new Honda Civic will make a qualified assault on the new Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Altis, and the upcoming Skoda Octavia facelift. The Civic is going to be way better than before, in every sense, therefore, holds tons of bells and whistles we have never seen before in the segment.
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