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Test Production Of New Honda Civic & CR-V Begins – Report

2018 Honda Civic Sedan India Model

The new 2018 Honda CR-V 7-seater Model will first go on sale during this festive season, while the new Civic is likely to be launched in Q1, 2019

Buoyed by excellent response for new Amaze, Honda Cars India is now planning to two new cars – new Civic and CR-V – before the end of this financial year. Honda had showcased both the models at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. If latest media report is to be believed, Honda has started test production of the upcoming Honda Civic and CR-V 7-seater model.

New Honda Civic Photo Gallery

Report further claims that Honda has built 3 units of the new Civic for testing purposes. Adding to it, the company is also developing a small number of CR-Vs. The series production of the new CR-V could begin in the near future. It is expected that the 2018 CR-V 7-seater model will first go on sale during festive season, While new Civic launch could take place in the last quarter of current fiscal. Honda had announced to launch 6 new cars including recently launched Amaze, in India by 2020.

For people not in the know, Honda didn’t bring in the 9th generation Civic when it decided to discontinue the 8th generation Civic in India in 2013. The company will launch the 10th generation Civic, which is due for a makeover in international markets. It is expected that the India-spec model will be the facelifted Civic, which will be launched in international markets in late 2018.

New Honda CR-V Photo Gallery

For the first time, Honda Civic will be offered with a diesel engine option in India. It will be powered by a locally-developed 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbo diesel engine that produces 118bhp of power and 300Nm of torque. For petrolheads, the sedan will continue with the good old 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine produces 139bhp of power and 174Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic unit. Read – New Honda Civic – 6 Things You Should Know

Similar to the Civic, the Honda CR-V will also come with diesel option for the first time in India. It will also be powered by the same 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine producing 118bhp and 300Nm of torque. With 300Nm torque and shorter gear ratios, Honda is aiming to achieve faster acceleration with the India-spec CRV. The new model is claimed to achieve 0-100kmph in 11.2 seconds, which is pretty impressive. The company could also opt for a more powerful version of this i-DTEC engine. In global markets, the CRV diesel offers 158bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Besides diesel, Honda CRV will continue to feature the tried & tested 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine produces 170bhp of power and 224Nm of torque. Read – New Honda CRV – 5 Big Changes

In terms of future plans, Honda will launch the next-generation City sedan in India by 2020. The next model will also come with petrol-hybrid engine option. Honda is also working on 2 new SUVs based on the new Amaze platform. Both models are likely to be launched around 2021-2022.

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