The new Honda Civic launch date has finally been announced in India as March 7, 2019. The upcoming Honda Civic 2019 has already reached many dealerships and the pre-bookings of the new version has also started at a booking amount of Rs. 1 lakh. Honda showcased the car at the 2018 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Though, the India-spec model will get some changes as compared with the model showcased at the Expo. The new Civic sedan will pounce against the likes of Toyota Corolla Altis, Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra.
In the recent times, there have been many speculations about the new Honda Civic 2019 and there are many 2019 Honda Civic images or spy shots all over the Internet. The new model will don a good use of chrome finish on the front grille, fog lamps and also at the rear diffuser. No doubt, it will be the complete makeover of the one that discontinued in 2012. With the fresh design both on the outside as well as inside, Honda is planning to get hold of the D-segment with the new executive sedan. Nonetheless, the car has been awarded with a 5-star rating by ASEAN NCAP for crash tests.
The 2019 Honda Civic will come in a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Kit and then will be assembled at the company’s Greater Noida facility. The localization level of the model is expected to come around 70 percent. This, in turn, will allow the company to keep the price in check and competitive in its segment.
Engine and Transmission
The upcoming Honda Civic specifications will include a diesel engine as well, for the first time in India. It will come packed with a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine that has already made its way in the Indian market on the Honda CR-V. The four-cylinder EarthDreams engine will produce 118 bhp of power with 300 Nm of top torque. Though, the diesel mill will be underpowered compared to its other competitors like Hyundai Elantra’s 1.6-litre producing 126 bhp and Skoda Octavia’s bigger 2.0-litre engine that makes 141 bhp, it will put out more power than the Corolla Altis’ 1.4-litre engine that produces 87 bhp. That said, the 2019 Honda Civic mileage for the diesel version will be around 26.8 kmpl a certified by the ARAI, which is higher than its other segment competitors.
On the other hand, the petrol unit will be a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre 4–cylinder engine that will make 138 bhp of power with 174 Nm of torque. Compared with Octavia’s both 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre TSI engines that produce 148 bhp and 184 bhp, respectively, and Hyundai Elantra’s 2.0-litre unit with 150 bhp, Honda Civic’s power figures will be on the lower side while being at par with Toyota Corolla Altis’ engine. The petrol variant will return a mileage of 16.50 kmpl, which is decent enough in its segment.
In terms of transmission, where all the other contenders offer both manual and automatic version on the model, the upcoming Honda Civic India would get CVT with paddle shifter, whereas the Civic diesel version will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox only just like the Toyota Corolla Altis.
Speaking of the equipment, the upcoming Honda Civic features, as revealed by the company, will include LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, fog lamps and taillamps, and electric sunroof. The 2019 Honda Civic interior will come with features like 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s side seat, remote engine start, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and a smart key that makes life easy with its easy access to turn the engine on and off, power windows, sunroof and the operation of the boot. While on the safety front, it will come with features like ABS with EBD, six airbags, agile handling assist, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, handling assist, electric parking brake that has auto-hold function as well, walk-away auto-lock reverse parking camera and Isofix child-seat mounts along with a segment-first lane-keeping assist.
Maintaining its position in the premium class, Honda always prices its products with a different strategy. As we mentioned earlier, it will compete against Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia. The upcoming 2019 Honda Civic price in India is expected to range between Rs. 16 lakh to 20 lakh. When compared to its rivals, Hyundai Elantra gets a starting price of Rs. 13.81 lakh and the top-end diesel variant gets a tag of Rs. 20.04 lakh, whereas the Skoda Octavia gets a starting price of its 1.4-litre TSI manual at Rs. 15.99 lakh and Rs. 20.59 lakh for the 1.8 TSI automatic, while the top end diesel automatic has been priced at Rs. 25.99 lakh. Coming to the Toyota Corolla Altis, the petrol variant of the model starts from Rs. 16.45 lakh and the range-topping variant gets a sticker price of Rs. 20.19 lakh.
Undoubtedly, the new Honda Civic will be seen as a feature-loaded version offering by the Japanese car manufacturer. But until the model is launched on March 7, it is hard to say what Honda is up to. But till then, keep your tabs on our website for the latest news and updates, and we will be back soon with more information on the new upcoming 2019 Honda Civic.