Japanese auto giant Honda is planning to launch the new Civic in January 2019. The Civic was showcased at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo along with the new CR-V which will be launched next month. Honda, while hasn’t given an official confirmation regarding the date of the launch, we expect it to be launched by the first few days of 2019.
The eighth-generation Honda civic in its FD body shape was introduced in India in 2006 which was loved all throughout India till 2013 when Honda decided to pull its plug. The car used a 1.8-litre petrol engine, even though, the competition grew stronger, it was the lack of a diesel engine which led to its demise. The now India bound civic will be the facelifted version of the tenth-generation civic which was introduced globally in 2015. The Civic’s launch will complete the marque’s three car launch strategy along with the Amaze and the CR-V. The facelifted variant comes with minimal changes to the exterior and interior. The tenth-generation Civic follows a fastback design language, with the C-pillar flowing into the boot. It comes with 18” wheels and LED headlights and tail lamps. The interior’s main center point is a large 7.0-inch infotainment display that offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The car also uses an all-black themed interior unlike its predecessor.
The car is expected to come with two engine options for India: a 1.6-litre diesel engine and a 1.8-litre i-Vtec petrol engine. The diesel engine is the most anticipated aspect of the car with figures estimated to be around 120 hp of power and 300 Nm of torque. The petrol engine makes a rather ambitious 139 hp and 174 Nm of torque. The car will be offered with a 6-speed manual and a CVT transmission for India.
Honda is reviving its most capable sedan in India after a dreary long hiatus of 5 years to take its fight up to cars like Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia.