Japanese auto major Honda Motor has introduced the refreshed model of the Honda Civic in the US recently. The refreshed models of both the sedan and the coupe versions of the world acclaimed Civic have been unveiled. The current generation Honda Civic is an India-bound model and the Japanese carmaker had introduced the pre-facelift model to the Indian market at the 2018 Auto Expo in the month of February. The new facelift Honda Civic gets some classy design changes along with other updates.
The already sharp and bold design of the Honda Civic has now been sharpened a bit further with a now gets a more angular front fascia. The chrome finished bar on the front grille has been replaced by a classy piano black finished one. The vehicle now has also been endowed with a new full width front splitter along with chrome surrounds for the fog lights. There are also newly designed alloy wheels as well as a rear spoiler to add to the fresh visual appeal. The Indian car market is expected to get the newly unveiled Civic sedan’s facelift model; however, the India-spec model would get some slight changes. The global model of the refreshed Civic was displayed with 18 inch alloys, while the India-spec version might get the smaller 17 inch wheels.
On the inside, the new refreshed Honda Civic comes endowed with a 7 inch infotainment system along with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto support apart from few other slight updates. The most important update comes in the form of the radar-based driver assistance system that the company calls the ‘Honda Sensing’ system, which will now be the part of the standard package of the Honda Civic. The ‘Honda Sensing’ offers advanced safety assists systems such as lane departure assist, collision mitigation braking system and more. Nevertheless, the India-spec Honda Civic sedan is not expected to offer these advanced technology in order to keep the prices in check. The company has also already confirmed that the India-spec new generation Honda CR-V SUV, which will hit the Indian market in October this year, will not come with these features. Similar to the new CR-V, the Civic might also offer ‘Lane Watch’ that utilizes a camera placed under the left wing mirror to aid in eliminating blind spots.
Moreover, the Honda Civic facelift has now come with a new 'Sport' trim model, but again India does not expect to get it.
Under the hood, new Honda Civic Sport trim model packs in a 2.0L 16-valve engine. The India-spec Civic is expected to share its powertrain with the new-gen CR-V. This means a 2.0L petrol mill generating 154 PS of power and 189 Nm of torque, and a 1.6L diesel motor offering 120 PS and 300 Nm. While the petrol engine could be mated with a 6 speed manual and a CVT gearbox choice, the diesel is expected to be paired with the 9 speed automatic transmission like the CR-V.
The refreshed Honda Civic is slated to launch in India by the first quarter of 2019, and is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 16.8 lakhs - Rs 20.9 lakhs. Post its Indian launch, the Civic will fight with the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia.