Honda has taken wraps off the 11th-gen Civic sedan and compared to its predecessor, the new Civic is not only bigger but is better equipped as well. It also features a new design that looks more elegant and conventional.
Upfront, gone are those chunky headlamps flanking the thick chrome grille. It now features horizontally stretched headlamps flanking the smaller and slimmer front grille. The bumper is also redesigned with a large central air dam and C-shaped fog lamp housing.
On the side, while the 10th-gen Civic looked sporty with its couple-like sloping roofline, the new Civic looks more like a conventional three-box sedan with its long bonnet and a jutted out rear end. The side profile otherwise looks clean and elegant with a shoulder line running across the length and chrome surround for the windows. Similarly, at the back, simple looking chunky tail lamps with L-shaped detailing replace the Boomerang shaped units seen on the previous-gen model. When seen from the back, the new Civic can be easily confused with other sedans like the Skoda Superb, Audi A4 and several others.
Step inside the cabin and you will be treated with a simple yet unique looking cabin. The centre of attraction has to be those connected AC vents that have received a very unique treatment. The finish on the AC vents looks like a cheese grater with thick metal sticks for controlling the airflow direction. It also gets a new 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system sitting at the top of the dashboard, a new steering wheel and a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster.
With the new Civic, Honda has also updated its Honda Sensing safety package. It gets a new single-camera system replacing the older radar and camera-based system. It also gets Traffic Jam Assist, Low-speed Braking Control, front and rear false-start prevention and quicker reactions for the Adaptive Cruise Control System. Other features on offer include 10 airbags, a blind-spot monitoring system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.
Honda is offering the 11th-gen Civic with two petrol engine options: a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine (158PS/187Nm) and a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine (180PS/240Nm). Both the engines are paired to a CVT gearbox.
The 11th gen Civic will go on sale globally in the coming few months. However, the sedan is not expected to make its way to India. Honda launched the 10th-gen Civic in India in 2019 after 6 years long hiatus but it was discontinued soon after in December 2020 due to its low demand. So, we don’t expect Honda will bring the 11th-gen Civic in India, at least in the foreseeable future. That said, other mid-size sedans available in India include the Hyundai Elantra and the upcoming Skoda Octavia.