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Next-Gen Honda Civic: 5 Things To Know


Leaked patent images of the Civic hatchback in standard trim give off plenty of clues on what to expect when the sedan version makes its way to India

 

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Honda has been hard at work preparing to introduce the next iteration of the Civic globally. We did get a glimpse with prototypes of the Type-R spotted testing. Unfortunately they were heavily camouflaged, with very little details to glance over. Since then, leaked patent images of the Civic have surfaced, which gives us a better clue on what to expect. Here’s more of them in detail:

Subtle Design Tweaks

 

While the patent images are of the hatchback, most of its design should carry over to the sedan version. The images reveal a longer and wider overall silhouette compared to its predecessor. It also has had plenty of revisions up front with the headlights less angular than before and a much narrower grille, which is similar to the Accord.  Expect similar changes for the sedan at the rear, since the front end has gotten an overhaul. Overall, the design is a bit cleaner than before.

Cabin

 

Current-gen Civic images used for representational purposes 

Interior shots are yet to be revealed, but we expect a redesigned dashboard layout and a larger touchscreen infotainment system among other feature additions. Expect bits like digital driver’s display, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and engine remote start to carry forward.

Powertrains

 

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Under the hood, the current-gen India-spec Civic is powered by 1.8-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engine options. The former puts out 141PS and 174Nm, whereas the latter delivers 120PS and 300Nm. Transmission options consist of a CVT automatic gearbox for the petrol engine and a 6-speed manual for the diesel engine. Technical specifications are yet to be revealed for the next-gen Civic but it will definitely be powered by Honda’s VTEC Turbo range of petrol engines. The India-spec model could finally get a turbo petrol with the new-gen model.

Debut

 

The next-gen Civic could make its global debut by 2021. Back home, the current-gen Civic could have a short lifespan since it's only over a year old.  We could get the next-gen treatment by 2022. It currently retails from Rs. 17.93 lakh to Rs 22.34 lakh (ex-showroom).

Rivals

 

Honda’s next iteration of the Civic will have the Hyundai Elantra as well as the upcoming next-gen Skoda Octavia to compete with once launched in India.

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