After surfacing at the recently concluded 2016 Beijing Motor Show, the Honda Civic, in all likelihood, is re-entering the Indian market. If this happens, it will fill up the void that had been created in Honda’s premium sedan space after the discontinuation of the Accord and the Civic.
The City is the most luxurious sedan offering from Honda’s India line-up for now. If it introduces the hybrid Civic rather than the gasoline one, a large gap will be left to fill between the Civic and the City. At such a time, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, president and CEO of Honda Cars India Ltd., has alluded that for those who are looking for an upgrade from the City, the petrol Civic is one model that the carmaker is deliberating on re-introducing in India.
In India, the car will most likely be brought as a knocked down unit from Honda’s plant in Thailand, which will then be assembled at its Tapukara (Rajasthan) or Greater Noida (NCR/Uttar Pradesh) plant. The Indian version of the car is likely to be powered by a 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo and/or a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, unlike the 2.0-litre variant offered internationally.
Honda has been working on establishing a foothold in the Indian market for some time now. It is concentrating more on cars like the BR-V, the Brio and the Amaze, which have a mass reach. We feel it will be a great decision for the carmaker to bring back the Civic -- a car that had ruled the hearts of petrolheads for many years, and news of whose re-launch is likely to bring much joy to car buyers.