Honda Civic facelift unveiled internationally ahead of India launch
The tenth-generation Honda Civic has been given a mild facelift in its largest market of the United States. This comes before Honda finally re-introduces the car to the Indian market later this year.
The car has been on sale internationally since 2015 and this facelift only makes subtle changes to the styling.
Most noticeable is the piano-black insert in the grille, replacing the earlier chrome unit. There is a good chance the Indian version will introduce the chrome panel, given our affinity towards this material. The front bumper has been redesigned as well, with the earlier three-section layout now being replaced with a more seamless single section look. There is a new full-width front splitter as well, along with chrome accents around the fog lamps.
The sedan version now gets a new chrome bar along the length of the rear bumper. Other changes include new alloy wheel designs and larger 18-inch wheels for the higher trim levels.
The US market cars now also get the Honda Sensing suite of safety assistance systems as standard. This includes automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
A new cosmetically enhanced Sport variant has also been added to the US range which comes with more piano black in the front, a rear spoiler and imitation splitters on the rear bumper. A centrally mounted exhaust and unique alloy design complete the changes.
A range of engines is offered on the Civic globally. Of most interest to the Indian market is 1.5-litre VTEC turbo petrol motor which makes 182PS and 240Nm. A new 1.6-liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine, also available on the new CR-V, which puts out 120PS and 300Nm should be available. Transmission options should be a six-speed manual, a nine-speed auto and a CVT.
The Honda Civic is popular the world over for its practicality and value. Add to this, attributes like a rewarding driving experience and good looks, and the Civic again seems like a great proposition in the D-segment sedan market for India.
Team OD | 14 Sep 2018
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