The 10th generation Honda Civic has been expected to launch in India for quite long now. The Japanese auto major has been speculated to resurrect the Civic brand in the Indian car market with the latest generation Honda Civic model since early this year. Although the new Civic was rumoured to be launching by end of this year or early 2018, there has been no official word from Honda Cars India. However, recently Honda India has confirmed that the company is indeed preparing to bring in the tenth generation Civic.
Nevertheless, as per the latest reports, the latest Civic sedan is not coming to India anytime very soon. It has also come to light that the 10th generation Honda Civic sedan is going to launch in India in its facelift model and will be coming only in the year 2019. According to the reports, the new Civic sedan will be locally manufactured in India to keep prices in check. The model will be available in both the petrol and diesel versions.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Cars India Ltd, Yoichiro Ueno said that the company has a lot of requests to bring in the Civic, which is highly successful in international markets. Thus, the company is studying the Indian market to launch this model, and till now the results are very positive. Hence, the company is going to implement the model here.
Although Honda Cars India wishes to bring in the new Honda Civic to the Indian car market very soon, the company needs to get a lot of things in place which are required for the local production of the Honda Civic. Moreover, by the time Honda’s Indian production plants gets ready to manufacture the Civic, it will be time for the model’s facelift to debut internationally. Thus, the company has come to the decision of coinciding the Civic’s Indian launch with the model’s facelift version launch in the global markets. The new Civic facelift model launching across the world along with the Indian market will be indeed a good thing. As per an earlier report, Honda Cars India will be rolling out the new Civic from its Greater Noida plant in UP.
Honda is going to go the City way for the Civic in India this time around. Thus, the Civic sedan, just like the City sedan is going to get available in India along with a diesel engine for the first time. Honda pulled out the globally popular Civic from the Indian market back in 2013, when the model was in its 8th generation. The lack of diesel mill was one of the primary reasons for its market failure in India.
The 10th-gen Civic will get a 1.6L diesel motor, which also do the duty under the hood of the new CR-V that is slated to launch in 2018. Honda displayed the Civic diesel at the recently 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 1.6L oil burner delivers 120PS of power and 300Nm of torque. The petrol Civic will come with a 1.8 L i-VTEC mill offering 140hp. Honda believes that the petrol version of the Civic will be the most volume puller.