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.
The new Honda Civic 2017 is all set to make a comeback in India with an official launch expected early next year. The Japanese carmaker might display the tenth-generation Civic at the Auto Expo, which is scheduled for February 2018. Designed on a new chassis, the updated version of the mid-size sedan will look completely different from its predecessor. The edgier and more angular stance give a more premium appearance to the car. The new platform is composed of high strength steel that not only makes it rigid, but improves driving dynamics as well. Interior, too, will see comprehensive changes including better material quality, new connectivity and safety features.
One of the major additions on the sedan would be the new diesel engine, lacking in the previous model. Honda will use the localised 1.6-litre i-DTEC oil burner that will be manufactured at the carmaker’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. The 2017 Civic petrol line-up could be offered with two engine options-1.8-litre and 1.5-litre. Transmission duties on the saloon are likely to be carried out by a 6-speed manual and CVT gearbox.
Honda Civic was one of the most revered brands from Honda in India that earned popularity due to its elegant looks and power-packed performance. Another reason to resurrect the brand in India is focus on premium vehicles. Honda had shifted focus to volume segment post the sudden switch to diesel powered vehicles in the early years of current decade. It seems though Honda is contemplating a host of premium vehicles to enjoy same success in India as it did before. Civic is a potential brand that can help Honda regain lost ground in India. The 8th generation Civic was phased out in 2013 due to sluggish demand. Read – Honda WR-V – All You Need To Know
Honda has already confirmed the tenth-generation Civic for the Indian market. However, there is no hint around the launch date from the carmaker. The sedan is currently in its testing phase, and it was spotted near Honda’s manufacturing unit in Tapukara, Rajasthan. Speculations are on rife that new Civic might make its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. The sedan is already on retail in neighbouring markets including Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Read – 2017 Honda CR-V Engine Details Revealed
|Base Model||Rs 15 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 20 lakh|
Similar to the eighth generation model, the 2017 Civic will be manufactured at Honda’s Greater Noida plant in U.P. With an aim to achieve aggressive pricing, Honda will maximize localization of the sedan. To give it an edge over its arch rival – Toyota Camry, the new Civic could be priced as low as Rs 15 lakh for the base variant and Rs 20 lakh for the range-topping trim. 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|
The major change will be made under the hood. The new 2017 Honda Civic will receive a 1.6-litre new diesel powertrain, which is already used in the CR-V. This motor is tuned to deliver a top power of 118bhp at 4,000rpm. The petrol variants could be brought either with a 1.8-litre engine or a 1.5-litre unit. Both the powertrains will be linked to a six-speed manual and a CVT gearbox.
In global markets, the Honda Civic 2017 is available with multiple petrol engines – 123.32bhp, 1.6-litre i-VTEC, 139.41bhp, 1.8-litre i-VTEC, 158bhp, 2.0-litre i-VTEC, 123.32bhp and 1.0-litre VTEC turbo. The sedan also gets a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder VTEC turbocharged engine generating three power outputs – 170.24bhp, 174.26bhp and 179.62bhp. Picture Gallery – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
|City Mileage||12.6kmpl (approx.)|
|Highway Mileage||16.51kmpl (approx.)|
The engines are likely to be frugal in nature, returning increased mileage than the previous model. As for the petrol Civic, it is estimated to return 12.6kmpl and the oil burner is rated at 16.51kmpl.
The sedan will get chrome grille in front with LED headlamps on either edge. The lower side of the bumper will receive fog lamps. The car will feature pronounced wheel arches fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels and power-operated wing mirrors with Led blinkers. On par with other executive sedans in the segment, it will come with an electric sunroof.
Interior will be styled tastefully, in line with premium range from Honda. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system will sit on the dash. Additionally, there will be other tech, including a satellite navigation system, multi-functioning steering wheel, heated seats, automatic climate controls, push start/stop button, multi-angle rear view camera, smart keyless entry, front & ducktail spoilers and 60:40 split-fold seats. Aside from offering comfortable room to occupants, the sedan will also come with a large 519-litres boot compartment.
Sharing underpinnings with Accord, the new Civic will receive a new ‘Flying H’ grille with optional LED headlamps. The front side will be all-new with a long bonnet with integrated air-intakes. At the back, it is likely to come with new tail-lamps. Some bits will be carried over from the new concept version such as long overhangs, sharp styling and rear deck.
There will be slight change in the dimensions, with the model appearing longer and wider than the phased out model. This would allow more space inside the cabin for the occupants. Honda will introduce new elements inside. Use of premium quality material and better fit & finish will give a more upmarket look to the interior.
Honda will equip the sedan well with primary safety features including six airbags, vehicle stability control, hill start assist and tyre deflation warning system. The safety kit will also include some other equipment such as anti-lock-braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, Honda LaneWatch, adaptive cruise control and multi-angle rear view mirror among several others.
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50-litres|
|Seating Capacity||5 Passengers (2+3 layout)|
In terms of proportions, the sedan will measure longer and wider than the previous model. The 10th generation model currently on retail in global markets measures 4,556mm long, 1,752mm wide and 1,435mm high. Wheelbase will be long at 2700mm and the ground clearance will be around 170mm. The fuel tank capacity and turning radius will estimate at 50-litres and 5.40m respectively.
Stopping power on the new Civic will come from assisted ventilated disc units at front and the rear axle will use drum units. The suspension set up will comprise of multi-link forks and stabilizer shockers at front and rear respectively. Additionally, it will sit on the 195/65 R15 tyres at front and rear.
The new Honda Civic 2017 will be the 10th generation model already available in global markets. The new model will be a major departure opposed to the eight gen defunct model.