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Honda starts test production of new Civic & CR-V in India?

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Honda had showcased the new CR-V & Civic for India at the Auto Expo earlier this year. HCIL confirmed that both these cars will make it to Indian showrooms in the current fiscal year. Now, rumours suggest that Honda has started test production of both these cars, and these would be pre-production test cars for evaluation.

Honda has not let out any official word yet about this. The rumour also claims that a total of 3 Honda Civic models have been produced while a few units of the CR-V SUV will also be made. This is ahead of the series production which will commence soon after the test units are approved under multiple parameters.

Honda’s new Civic is making a comeback after quite a long time. The Civic had gained massive popularity when it was launched earlier, but thanks to the switch to diesel powered cars in the market, Honda eventually discontinued the Civic. But now, the Civic is making a comeback and is likely to get a diesel engine as well. Abroad, the 1.5L turbo-petrol Civic produces 170 BHP of power and 220 Nm of torque. Which engine will eventually make it to India for the Civic is currently unknown.

The Honda CR-V SUV has been on sale here, but the market has not really accepted it that well. Especially since it comes only with a petrol engine option. The new CR-V is expected to be introduced with a 1.6L, 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel block producing 158 BHP of power and 350 Nm of torque. This will allow the CR-V to rival the likes of Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Kodiaq & Volkswagen Tiguan.

Expect one of these two models, either the Civic or the CR-V to make a debut around the festive season of 2018.