It doesn’t happen too often that Honda is caught road testing their cars on Indian soil. The Japanese manufacturer usually has its test cycles completed within the plant, or on international soil. However, road testing has begun for the all-new Honda Civic which is making a comeback after having taken a sabbatical.
This is the 10th generation Honda Civic, and it will be sold in India via CKD route. So the car is not going to be affordable for sure, and one can expect spare costs to be on the higher side as well. The small size of this D1 sedan segment is the reason why Honda has opted for CKD and not completely manufacturing the new Civic in India.
For the Indian market, the new Honda Civic is expected to be powered by a 1.8L petrol motor and a 1.6L diesel engine. This diesel motor we already saw make a debut with the Honda CR-V. While manual gearbox will come with a 6-speed, the automatic gearbox will be a CVT unit. Honda might be able to claim the best in class fuel efficiency for the Civic, especially for the diesel variants.
With it’s coupe like styling, the Civic is sure to gather a lot of attention. Also, there are plenty of Honda Civic fanboys who have been waiting to get their hands on this one. When launched, the Honda Civic will face competition from the Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia.