Honda Civic unveiled at Auto Expo 2018
Honda’s Civic catapulted to achievement almost instantly when it was presented nearly a decade ago. The low-slung ride height, futuristic interior design and the lure of the Honda badge ensured it flew off the shelves. But as the market moved towards diesel cars, the Civic had to simply bow out of the competition. Now though, with petrols fast regaining momentum – it’s back! Showcased at Honda’s pavilion at Hall 9 of the 2018 Auto Expo, the blue sedan can’t be mistaken for anything else. The coupe-ish profile leftovers, and Honda has thrown in all the modern trinketeries you presume from a plush D-segment sedan. Elements such as all-LED headlamps, daytime running lamps, 17-inch machine cut alloy wheels and of course – a sunroof find place on the Civic. The front fascia looks muscular and features a jumpy, buffed up design.
Inside, the cabin gets an all-black treatment with sufficiently of soft-feel material and metal accents on the dash. The controls seem inclined towards the driver and just like the old civic you sit quite low in the car. The control surfaces too feature a metal finish, the infotainment screen though well placed, could’ve been better. Despite the tapering, coupe like roofline, there is ample space at the rear to seat two in comfort. In essence, the new Civic transmits over all the qualities of the old car that made the Civic a success in the Indian market.
Internationally, the Civic is available with a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated i-VTEC engine making 140PS and 174Nm and a 1.5-litre 4 pot turbo petrol that dishes out 170PS of max power and 220Nm of torque. When it is launched in India within financial year 2018-2019, Honda will expected get the Civic with the turbo petrol, however, it will certainly be accessible with a detuned version of the CR-V’s 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine making 120PS of max power and 300Nm of highest torque.