Prices of the new Honda Civic 2017 are likely to fall between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom).
Considering the popularity of Honda Civic in India, we just hope to see this yesteryear’s blockbuster soon on our roads.
Once known for its premium product portfolio, Honda changed its strategy for the Indian market to tap into the volume segment with competitively priced models including Brio and Amaze. Honda, it seems it planning to revive its premium range, the Accord made a comeback last year in hybrid version and now Civic is prepping to return to Indian market either by end of 2017 or early 2018. Launched first in 2006, Civic had a successful run in the domestic market until the production was suspended in 2013. The new Honda Civic 2017 will be the 10th generation model already available in global markets.
That said the new model will be a major departure opposed to the eight gen defunct model. The use of new chassis built from high-strength steel will lend improved torsional rigidity, hence aiding driving dynamics. Mechanically, the new Civic will have more engine options than the previous model. The sedan will come in petrol and diesel fuel options unlike the predecessor lacking diesel variants. Transmission choices on the new Honda Civic 2017 will include six-speed manual unit and a CVT. In a bid to curb pricing, Honda will look at comprehensive localisation, implying aggressive pricing restricting new Honda Civic 2017 price in India to Rs 15 lakh for the entry level variant.
The 10th generation Honda Civic is expected to return to India within a few months. The new model is already available in global markets including some Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines. In India, the car was spotted near Honda’s manufacturing facility in Tapukara, Rajasthan lately and is expected to re-launch by end of 2017 or early 2018. Also Read: Honda BR-V Review – India’s First 7-Seater Compact SUV
|Base Model||Rs 15 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 20 lakh|
If Honda plans to manufacture the sedan locally, it will save on the heavy excise duties levied on CBUs. Also considering that Honda aims to price the car competitively to take on rivals in the segment, new Honda Civic is likely to fall between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. Also Read: Honda HR-V Coming Soon to India
|Engine||1.6-litre i-DTEC Diesel|
|Maximum Power||118bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||300Nm @ 3,000rpm|
Honda will introduce an oil burner along with petrol engines. The petrol line-up is likely to come in two options-the 1.8 litre unit and the 1.5 litre powertrain. Diesel Civic will reportedly derive power from the 1.6 i-DTEC oil burner that also powers the Honda CR-V. The diesel unit borrowed from CR-V makes top power of 118bhp at 4000rpm and peak torque of 300Nm at 3000rpm. As for the transmission options, the carline is expected to be available with a six-speed manual gearbox and a CVT. Read – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
|City Mileage||12.6kmpl (approx.)|
|Highway Mileage||16.51kmpl (approx.)|
It is expected that new Civic will be more fuel efficient than the defunct model. In city conditions, the diesel Civic is expected to return 12.6kmpl as opposed to the 16.51kmpl on highway.
Starting with external equipment, it will sport chrome grille on the nose along with LED headlamps and LED fog lamps on the lower bumper. It will sit on the sportier 17-inch alloy wheels and will come with power-operated ORVMs with LED blinkers. There will be an electric sunroof on the roof, providing a panoramic view to the occupants.
Inside the plush cabin, Civic will sport an adaptable centre console and will benefit from 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with a satellite navigation system. In addition, it will also pack a multi-functional steering wheel, heated seats, automatic climate control, smart keyless entry, push start/stop button, multi-angle rear view camera, 60:40 split-fold seats and front & ducktail spoilers. For storing luggage, the new Civic will offer 519 litres of space, which is quite a bit.
Underpinning Accord’s platform, the new Civic will get a new face sporting ‘Flying H’ grille with optional LED headlamps, a longer bonnet and incorporated air intakes completing the plush look. Newly designed tail-lamps will adorn the rear side. Taking cues from the concept version, the new Civic is likely to sport shorter overhangs, rear deck and sharp styling. Going by the dimensions, the 10th gen model will be longer and wider than the phased out model implicating spacious cabin.
As for the interior, there isn’t much information available, but it is expected to receive new design elements, improved quality of material and better fit & finish. A raft of goodies will also be packed inside.
In terms of safety, the sedan will equip several primary provisions including six-airbags, hill start assist, vehicle stability control and tyre deflation warning system. Additionally, it will also get anti-lock-braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, Honda LaneWatch, multi-angle rear view mirror etc.
The mid-sized premium sedan segment underwent a dull phase wherein it had very few takers. This led to roll back of many models owning to sluggish demand. With Honda re-launching its globally popular Civic sedan in India, the competitive will heat up in this space. Upon its launch, the sedan will face stiff competition from Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Jetta, new Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze.
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50-litres|
|Seating Capacity||5 Passengers (2+3 layout)|
Talking of the proportions the new Civic will measure 4,556mm in length, 1,752mm in width and 1,435mm in height. The wheelbase will be 2,700 long and the ground clearance will reckon 170mm. Other details such as the fuel tank capacity and turning radius will be around 50 litres and 5.40m respectively.
The power to retard speed will come from power assisted ventilated disc units at front axle whereas the rear axle will make do with drum brakes. Suspension set up on the new Civic will include multi-link forks at front and stabilizer shockers at rear. As for tyres, the sedan is expected to use 195/65 R15 sized units in front and rear.