– New-gen Honda Civic will go on sale in India in the first quarter of 2019
– For the first, the sedan will be offered with diesel engine in India.
Honda Car India had launched the new-generation Amaze sub-4 meter sedan with new design, better equipped cabin and fuel efficient engines in May 2018. The Japanese brand is also aiming at premium car segment to regain its lost sheen the highly competitive Indian market. Honda will re-introduce the popular Civic nameplate in the Indian market in the first quarter of 2019. For people not in the know, Honda had showcased the new Honda Civic 2018 and new CR-V 7-seater SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The model we are talking here is the new-generation Civic, which will rival the likes of Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Altis and Skoda Superb. What’s interesting is that the next Civic will be offered with diesel option for the first time in India. Pictures – New-gen Honda Amaze launched
The new Honda Civic will be powered by a new 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, i-DTEC turbocharged diesel engine paired to a revised 6-speed manual gearbox. This powertrain is benefitted with Honda’s Idle Stop-Start system and supported by FWD system. The European-spec model is also powered by the same engine, where it produces 118.4bhp and 300Nm of torque. The sedan is claimed to achieve 0-100kmph in 10.5 seconds and returns 3.4L/100Km (which is around 29.41kmpl). Besides, the India-spec model will retain the tried & tested 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine paired to a CVT or a 6-speed manual gearbox. Read: New Honda Jazz Facelift – All You Need To Know
In the global markets, the Civic sedan is available in three body styles – Coupe, Sedan and Hatchback; however, we will receive the sedan version of the saloon. The new Honda Civic 2018 is based on the brand’s new lighter and stiffer chassis, which also underpins the new CRV SUV. It also aids to the overall performance and driving dynamics of the car. The edgier and more angular stance gives it completely different look. Interior has been classed-up with high-quality material, fit and finish along with a pack of new connectivity and safety features. Read – Upcoming Honda Cars In India
– LED headlamps
– Front fog lamps
– Power-operated ORVMs with LED blinkers
– Electric sunroof
– 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
– Satellite navigation system
– Multi-functional steering wheel
– Heated seats
– Automatic climate control
– Push start/stop button
– Multi-angle rear view camera
– Smart keyless entry
– 60:40 split fold seats
Owing to its slow sales, the Japanese carmaker had discontinued the Civic sedan in India in 2013. In a bid to regain lost market share, Honda is aiming at premium segment. The company is contemplating a range of premium vehicles to strengthen its market position. Honda had showcased the 10th generation Civic sedan and new CR-V 7-seater SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Though the exact launch date is yet to be revealed, the company has confirmed that the new Civic will go on sale in the first quarter of 2019. Read About – Honda WRV | Honda City 2017
|Base Model||Rs 15 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 20 lakh|
The new-generation Civic sedan will use the locally built 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine and components. It will be assembled at the company’s Greater Noida facility in Uttar Pradesh. The diesel powertrain is being developed locally at the carmaker’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. This will surely help the Japanese automaker to come up with competitive pricing. The new Honda Civic 2018 price in India is likely to start from Rs 15 lakh for the entry-level variant, and go all the way up to Rs 20 lakh for the range-topping model. If launched at this price, the saloon will give a tough fight to Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia.
|Diesel Engine||1.6-litre, four-cylinder i-DTEC|
|Max Power||118bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Max Torque||300Nm @ 2,000rpm|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||10.5 seconds|
|Petrol Engine||1.8-litre i-VTEC|
|Max Power||139bhp @ 6,500rpm|
|Max Torque||174Nm @ 4,300rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT & CVT with paddle shifters|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50-litres|
|Seating Capacity||5 Passengers (2+3 layout)|
Major update will be made under the skin. For the first time, the Honda Civic will be offered with a new 1.6-litre, four-cylinder i-DTEC diesel engine in India. The same powertrain will also be used in the new-generation Honda CR-V 7-seater SUV and Honda HR-V compact SUV. Boosted with Idle Stop-Start system, this turbocharged oil burner makes 118bhp at 4,000rpm and 300Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. For the record, Honda claims that the new i-DTEC motor has high strength chromium-molybdenum steel alloy pistons that reduces friction and makes it quieter. Honda has already started producing the diesel engine at its Tapukara, Rajasthan plant.
This turbocharged diesel engine is further benefitted with Honda’s Idle Stop-Start system. It is capable of producing a maximum power output of 118bhp at 4,000rpm and a peak torque of 300Nm at 2,000rpm. For the record, Honda claims that the new i-DTEC motor has high strength chromium-molybdenum steel alloy pistons that reduces friction and makes it quieter. Honda has already started producing the diesel engine at its Tapukara, Rajasthan plant. Read – Honda Amaze Based Compact SUV Under Development
As per Honda’s claim, the new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine is high on fuel efficiency. It returns an impressive mileage of 3.4L/100km under NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) test conditions that converts into 29.41kmpl. However, this figure might vary on Indian roads. It can do 100kmph from standstill in 10.5 seconds. Talking about the petrol variants, the 1.8-litre gasoline unit will deliver mileage close to 15-17kmpl. Read: New Honda Amaze Vs Old – What’s The Difference
Based on all-new lightweight platform, the new Civic sedan is longer and wider than the previous model. It measures 4,556mm in length, 1,752mm in width and 1,435mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,700mm. The new model has slightly different length and width; though, the wheelbase remains the same. The saloon is likely to have a ground clearance of around 165-170mm. The fuel tank capacity and turning radius stand at 50-litres and 5.40 meter respectively. It comes with a boot space of 519-litres, which is more than sufficient to carry your weekend bags. Read – New-generation Honda City In The Works
The new Civic sedan has been designed on the new Accord platform, which has been tweaked to accommodate different body styles (globally). Besides sharing the platform, the sedan will borrow most of its design and styling bits from its donor sibling. Featuring the newly styled ‘Flying H’ grille, flanked by sharp and sweptback LED headlamps, the face of the saloon has aggressive appeal. The new chrome wing design that flows across the top of the headlamps and a long bonnet with integrated air intakes add more to its new look.
Unlike the previous model, the 2018 Honda Civic carries a notchback-like styling with a high boot lid and a sloping roofline. At the back, the sedan gets boomerang shaped LED tail-lamps, twin exhausts and strong creases and curves. The flared wheel arches with 17-inch alloy wheels seem borrowed from the Accord sedan. Check Out – India’s Top 5 Best Modified Honda City
As mentioned above, the 2018 Honda Civic is longer and wider than the previous model. This also translates into a more generous cabin space. Unlike the global version that features all-black interior, the India-spec model could come with the dual tone (Black and Beige) interior theme. For connectivity purpose, there will be a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and MirrorLink. Other features on offer will include an automatic climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, leather seats, rear air-conditioning vents, etc. The newly designed instrument console has a large tachometer with a digital speedometer. Furthermore, the sedan has armrests for both the rows with height adjustable driving seat.
New Honda Civic 2018 Safety Features
The new sedan comes equipped with several high-end safety and security features. It is built on the company’s new modular platform, which is lighter, stiffer and safer. The list of safety features include dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), adaptive cruise control and rear view camera. The top-end model will be exclusively offered with six airbags, vehicle stability control, hill start assist and tyre deflation warning system.
Suspension mechanism of the sedan includes multi-link forks and stabilizer shockers at the front and rear axles respectively. Braking duties will be carried out by ventilated discs front and rear brakes. The braking system will be further assisted by ABS with EBD and brake assist.
The new Honda Civic 2018 will be stacked up against the multiple cars like Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia and new Hyundai Elantra.
The new Honda Civic 2018 in its 10th generation model looks completely different than the previous model. Already on sale in global markets, the sedan gets high-end features, fuel efficient engines and stylish design