Honda Cars India has officially confirmed that it will launch the Civic sedan sometime in 2019. Though, the market being shifted towards SUV segment, a study by Japanese car manufacturer thinks that there is still a potential in sedan segment, that would be a good offering for the consumer who wants to upgrade from their City sedan.
In India, Honda launched the Civic in India in 2006, initially was quite a successful one, but due to shrinking segment and the lack of a diesel engine option, Honda had to discontinue the model in 2013. The car will finally make its way to Indian shore as a tenth-generation model that first made its debut in 2015. Speaking to Autocar, Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO of Honda Cars India Ltd. said, . “We have received a lot of requests for the Civic which is very successful in other countries. So we are studying this model for India and, so far, the result is very positive. So we are going to implement it here now.”
Though, there is no surety of Honda Civic coming soon enough. “It will take a while due to localisation of components and the development of the specification for India,” said Ueno. Honda Civic is unlikely to arrive in India before 2019 and a mid-life facelift will make its way by that time globally. That makes a clear picture of getting the facelifted version in India. Ueno agrees: “We would like to bring the latest models, so coinciding the launch of the facelift in India with other countries will be good. I think that’s good timing for India."
The new Civic would get a futuristic design just like the eighth-generation with low- slung and sleek silhouette and fastback rear. It would ride on the current wheel base, but we can expect a change in the length and height of the facelift version. We can expect it to come packed with a 1.8-litre petrol engine that can churn out 140bhp of top power and a 1.6-litre diesel unit with 120bhp. Honda won’t be offering the sedan with the all-new 1.5 turbo petrol that makes around 170hp, as this turbo unit is quite expensive and will make difficult for the brand to keep a check on the pricing against its direct rival Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla Altis.
Speaking of the 1.6-litre diesel engine, Honda will introduce this unit with the new CR-V in mid-2018. This engine would also keep up with the competitive pricing of Civic sedan, as it will manufactured locally and exported to global markets as well. But, with shrinking demand of the diesel engines in the executive sedan segment in India, as the 1.5-litre diesel City’s demand has gone down by 20 percent and the Civic could count even less than this.