With a new Platform, the new generation Honda Civic Is expected to be launched in India as soon as early 2019. Showcased at Auto Expo 2018, auto enthusiasts should be ready to receive a petrol and a diesel version both of the Honda Civic 2019.
High up on the popularity list of the Indian buyers, Honda plans to relaunch the Civic with a bang. The new Civic will come with a petrol engine of 1.8 litres whereas the diesel engine will be a 1.5 litre one. Plans are to locally manufacture the new generation CR-V with an upgraded diesel engine of 1.6 litres too. With more powerful engines, additional features and gorgeous looks, the Civic and the CR-V are going to be the talk of the town. Holding its own amongst other premium vehicles, do have a look at the pricing in India.
Honda has tried to price the models of Civic quiet competitively with the Petrol Base model at Rs 15 lakhs, Diesel base model at Rs 17 lakhs and the Diesel top model at Rs 23 lakhs. Price does matter due to stepping in of new SUVs in the automobile market. With both petrol and diesel engines on offer, a CVT (automatic) option will be there to choose from in the petrol version. With a crisp marketing strategy, it will give tough competition to Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra.
Launch sometime in mid- 2019
Highly localized as per Indian needs, it might get launched towards mid- 2019. Honda has made an announcement for the launch of six new models too within the next three years, new generation Honda Civic is one of them.
Let’s have a quick review of the major changes made in the new Honda Civic.
With bold lines running across, the exteriors are bound to impress. Majorly for the Indian markets, some features are exclusive to India. Trying to cater to the premium Indian customer, the sedan is styled aggressively for a bold never before look. The chrome treatment on the exteriors is hard to miss and adds to the charm and style of the outsides. Machine finished 17-inch alloy wheels are the ultimate addition to the very sporty design. Similar to the BR-V, the rear is hard to miss with a contemporary shallow glass area. Somewhere, just like me, you may also feel the design resembles Honda NS-X, which is a sports car from Honda.
Apparently, a lot has changed in the interiors. The previous simple and ordinary looking interiors have been done away with. They look more plush and classy. The steering is wider for better grip and given palm supports. Expected to be made available in two-tones as well, presently only single tone black interiors are on display. The infotainment system controls are all there on the steering whether it is for music or for making calls. The large size touchscreen with latest grade touch sensitivity operates so very smoothly. Cruise control, Keyless entry, Navigation, Reverse parking camera, Push Start/Stop, Dual Airbags and what not. You name it and it is there. Talking of inner space, whether it is the boot or the driver’s area or the rear passenger area, enormous is the word that needs to be used to describe it. So, chauffer driving or self-driving, with ample space and thigh support it’s a pleasurable comfortable journey all along.
Specifications of Honda Civic 2019
Without compromising on the efficiency, the super smooth 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine will provide 140bhp power and 210Nm of torque. Although Honda offers a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine also, it will not be available in Indian markets. Performance wise petrol version stands better than diesel.
Presently, the diesel version of Civic will have a 1.5-litre engine providing115bhp power and 230Nm torque. It will be a good cruiser. However, plans are afoot for the upgradation of this engine to give more power to Honda Civic 2019. Both petrol and diesel versions will have a six-speed manual transmission but the petrol version may be offered with CVT too as an option.
The petrol Honda Civic may achieve up to 9 Km/l in the city but stretch to 14 Km/l on highways. CVT variants might be able to reach 10 Km/l in the city and 13 Km/l on highways. The diesel version is always more fuel efficient and so the Civic diesel may give 14 Km/l in the city and 19 Km/l on highways. Honda cars are considered to be fuel efficient ones and with regular upkeep of the engine leads to great performances.
Variants on offer for Indian Markets
The variants on offer are E, S, V, VX and ZX where V and VX will have automatic versions as an option too. All models will be available with a diesel engine also. Honda has plans for a new advanced diesel engine for the Civic later which might be incorporated in the CR-V also. The new Civic with the upgraded diesel engine will be showcased at the Auto Expo before being put up for sale for the Indian Consumers.
More cars lined up by Honda
The Brio and Honda City facelift are due to be launched soon later this year. Competing with the likes of the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla Altis, Honda Civic 2019 will be one of the major players in this segment. Expected to add some more products soon, Honda plans to stand tall amongst all its competitors.
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