Honda Civic is making a comeback to India next month and it will rival Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra
Honda Cars India brought in the tenth generation Civic at the 2018 Auto Expo last February to announce its comeback. Scheduled to enter the market in February 2019, the Civic follows the CR-V to strength the brand’s premium portfolio. It will be locally assembled at the Japanese auto major’s facility in Greater Noida.
The Civic is one of the popular nameplates among enthusiasts with a huge fan following despite being not present in the market for more than six years. The last generation Civic India had experienced was ahead of its time and it was pulled out due to the lack of demand, but in the world of customisation, it is still widely sought after.
Realising the potential, the Civic is readying for its next stint and will rival Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia. The Corolla dealt with a huge makeover recently elsewhere while the facelifted Elantra will launch during the course of 2019 as well.
Therefore, the segment is getting all shaken up and the Civic is braced for tough competition. The tenth generation Civic is one of the top-sellers for Honda in several developed markets across the globe and it offered in different body types. However, India will only get the sedan variant with a signature sleek front fascia and a compact rear end.
The exterior highlights are stretched back headlamps, LED DRLs, C-shaped LED tail lamp cluster, bold front and rear bumpers, etc. The interior boasts an upmarket presence with good quality of materials used. It gets premium centre console, seven-inch touchscreen, coloured MID, auto AC, slew of driver assistance systems and so on.
As for the performance, it is expected to derive engine options from the recently launched CR-V. A 1.6-litre EarthDreams turbo diesel and a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol should be at the helm with manual and automatic transmission choices.