Honda Civic is one of the most luxurious passenger C-segment sedans in India. It was first launched back in 2006 and sold in good numbers initially. However, due to increased competition and lack of a diesel engine option, the sales started declining, which eventually resulted in the company shutting down the production in 2013. The company then focussed on the segment that was slowly emerging to be the killer, the subcompact sedan space with the Honda Amaze.
The company is now all set to revive the Civic brand with a new generation in India, a generation that is already on sale in many parts of the world like Thailand, Philippines. Indonesia etc. The India launch is just a few months away and we are expecting it to arrive sometime by the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.
So in case you are planning by a luxury sedan, and considering this upcoming car as an option, let’s see what the new 2017 Honda Civic is all about and what all we can expect out of it.
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If you thought that the previous generation of the Honda Civic was simple yet elegant in design, the new generation models with fill up that gap as well. Without compromising much on the elegance, the new generation models will focus on being stylish as well.
In the new Honda Civic, the headlamps get sleeker and meet the front grille at the backdrop of black cladding and a thick strip of chrome running over it. The fog lamps on the lower front get heavily cladded with black material all around. Though not a lot, it gets sculpted a bit, much more than it did before. It is also longer and wider than before, which means more space, more comfort.
And then, walk towards the rear end and you will see what you have never seen before. It is a completely different story to what you might have expected to see after seeing the front. It is edgy and sculpted. The tail lights too are unimaginably attractive.
The inside of the 2017 Honda Civic is plush, as always. However, the luxury meter is set at the highest point here. On the dashboard, the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is placed just under the center AC vents and are accompanied with good quality buttons and knobs further down. The 3-spoke steering wheel has a lot of control buttons on them. Some other features include automatic climate control, heated seats, keyless entry and a push start/stop button. It will also be getting a big 519 litres of boot space due to the increased dimensions overall.
The new generation of the sedan will also see a host of safety features. There will be as many as six safety airbags, ABS with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution). Other features include vehicle stability control, tyre deflation warning and hill start. Some of the top end safety features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, electronic stability control, Honda LaneWatch and cruise control are also expected to be fed in this sedan.
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The previous version of the Honda Civic lacked a diesel trim. But with this new generation, the company has rectified the previous error and has included a diesel trim in the lineup a well. This new diesel trim is most talked about as well be powered by a 1.6-litre i-DTEC motor which will be good enough to make a maximum power of 118 bhp at 4,000 revs per minute and a peak torque of 300 Nm at 3,000 revs per minute.
The petrol engine may feature a 1.5-litre and a 1.8-litre unit as options. As for the transmission, all the trim levels is expected to get a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox.
The Honda Civic has always been promising, just like all other Honda cars. However, owing to an unwanted period of sluggish demand and considerable sales decline, the company had to take the car off the block and focus more on what would yield good results.
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However, with this new generation model, the company hopes to get the Midas touch it has with most other vehicles in the lineup. The car will now face a stiffer competition than it did earlier and will have to fight it out against the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and the arch nemesis, Chevrolet Cruze.
The price is expected to be friendlier compared to the other cars in this segment and might see a starting price of somewhere around Rs. 13-15 lakhs.
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