Honda India’s premium sedan, Civic is set to make a comeback in the Indian market. While the model is slated to launch in the country on March 8, bookings for the sedan have reportedly started at select dealerships for a refundable sum of Rs 51,000.
India will get the 10th generation Civic, which was first launched in the global markets in 2015 followed by a mid-life facelift in 2018. Talking of the dimensions, the new Honda Civic measures 4,648 mm in length, 1,799 mm in width and 1,416 mm in height. It sits on a 2,698 mm long wheelbase that translates into a spacious cabin. As for its styling, the 2019 Honda Civic features LED headlights, integrated LED daytime running lights and LED fog lamps in front. Rear gets C-shaped tail-lamps and wing type deck-lid spoiler, while sides come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels.
The well laid-out cabin packs an array of comfort and connectivity tech such as 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Coming from the stables of Honda, the executive sedan equips a bunch of safety features including six airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, segment first lane keeping assist, Agile handling Assist, an electric parking brake, hill-start assist, reverse camera, auto hold function, ISOFIX child mount seats and a walk-away auto lock feature among others. Interestingly, the Civic coming to Indian shores has received an impressive 5-star rating in the ASEAN NCAP crash test.
One of the prominent changes on the sedan will be the new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit which also powers the new-gen Honda CR-V. The 118.3 bhp/300 Nm oil burner will be paired to a six-speed manual unit. The petrol-powered Civic will get the 1.8-litre unit good for 139 bhp against 174 Nm torque. This unit will be offered with a 7-step CVT gearbox. As per reports, the petrol engine will return 16.5 km/l as opposed to the diesel engine with 26.8 km/l of mileage.
The 2019 Honda Civic will be routed to India as a CKD unit with prices likely to fall in the range of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). Upon its launch, the new Civic will go up against Toyota Corolla Altis, Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra in the segment.