The Honda Civic is a line of cars manufactured by Honda. Originally a subcompact, the Civic has gone through several generational changes, becoming both larger and more upmarket and moving into the compact car segment. EPA guidelines for vehicle size class stipulate a car having combined passenger and cargo room of 110 to 119.9 cubic feet (3,110 to 3,400 L) is considered a compact car, and as such the tenth generation Civic sedan is technically a small-end compact car, although it still competes in the compact class. The Civic coupe is still considered a compact car. The Civic currently falls between the Honda Fit and Accord.
The first Civic was introduced in July 1972 as a two-door model, followed by a three-door hatchback that September. With an 1169 cc transverse engine and front-wheel drive like the British Mini, the car provided good interior space despite overall small dimensions. Initially gaining a reputation for being fuel-efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly, later iterations have become known for performance and sportiness, especially the Civic Type R, Civic VTi, Civic GTi and Civic SiR/Si.
The Civic has been repeatedly rebadged for international markets, and served as the basis for the Honda CR-X, the Honda CR-X del Sol, the Concerto, the first generation Prelude, the Civic Shuttle (later to become the Orthia), and the CR-V.
In Japan, as customers increasingly shifted to minivans and compact cars like the Fit, production of non-hybrid Civic ended in August 2010 when it no longer complied with Japanese government dimension regulations in the width category. However, the Civic was reintroduced into the Japanese market with the launch of the tenth-generation model in 2017.
Honda showcased the new Civic at Auto Expo 2018 which sees the sedan return to India for the first time.
The 10th generation Honda Civic is expected to be launched in the 2018-19 financial year and rival the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla and the Hyundai Elantra in India.Honda has revealed the specifications of the 2018 Honda Civic for the European market and the India-spec Civic diesel is also expected to feature similar specs.
The new Honda Civic diesel mileage was announced, and the sedan boasts a fuel efficiency of 29.41kpl.
While the Euro-spec Honda Civic features the idle/ stop function aiding in higher fuel efficiency, the Indian-spec is expected to offer close to 28kpl.Despite boasting of an excellent power output, the mileage figures are quite impressive when compared to the Honda City’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit.The current diesel engine of the new Honda City delivers 25.6kpl.
Along with the 1.6-litre diesel engine, Honda will also offer a 1.8-litre petrol engine which churns out 141bhp and 174Nm of torque in the Thailand-spec version. The 1.6-litre diesel unit will be powering the new Honda CR-V as well but will get a twin-turbo to boost the power to 158bhp and 350Nm of torque which will be paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox.