Set for launch in January 2019, the new generation Honda Civic has already made its global debut both in the US and UK markets, where it is for the first time that it gets a diesel engine mated to a 9 speed automatic transmission. Earlier it was reported that India too will be getting the same combination of engine and gearbox, as the company is launching the same combo with the new CRV next month. But as per a new report, that is not going to happen.
As per sources, Honda plans to make the Civic priced aggressively. Offering a ZF 9 speed auto on diesel Civic would have made it very expensive. Thus, the company has reportedly decided to offer new Civic diesel only with 6 speed manual transmission in India.
The 10th generation Honda Civic launch in India is a sign of the brands shift towards more premium products in the country. It was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and will be seen with exterior updates such as a new front grille, new LED head and tail lamps and new front fog lamps. It gets electrically operated ORVMs with LED DRLs, electric sunroof and an overall wider stance with a sloping roofline.
Interiors will also get revised with more premium features such as 60:40 split folding seats, automatic climate control, a 7” touchscreen infotainment system and a multifunction steering wheel. It will also get satellite navigation, heated seats and push button start/stop feature. Among its premium features will also be a multi angle rear view camera and smart keyless entry.
It is for the first time that Honda Civic will be powered by a diesel engine in India. This 1.6 liter diesel engine, which also powers the new generation Honda CR-V that will launch on 9th October. It will offer 120 hp power at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm torque at 2,000 rpm. Along with this, we will also get a 1.8 liter petrol engine generating 140 hp. This engine will be mated with 6 speed manual. It will also be offered with automatic (not ZF).
Though the Honda Civic in international markets is offered in 3 body styles of Coupe, Sedan and Hatchback, it will only be the sedan version on sale in India. It will be brought in as a CKD unit and will be priced between Rs 18-22 lakhs. The new generation Honda Civic will rival the likes of Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla in its class.