Honda Cars India is finally close to launching the 2019 Honda Civic in India. The new model is just a few months away from us and soon, will be here to rival models like the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Hyundai Elantra. The re-launch of the popular D1-segment brand is sure to work in favour of its company as people have been waiting for this car for a long time now. Moreover, the car stole the show at the Honda stall in the Auto Expo 2018. So, it won’t be wrong to say that the new Civic is among the most awaited of the upcoming cars in India in 2019.
All this while, Honda has been focussing on garnering volumes, be it through the really well priced second-gen Amaze, the City, its traditional best-seller, or the WR-V crossover. Now, finally the company has once again shifted its focus to the more premium end of the market. This was clear from the launch of the all-new CR-V, which costs upwards of Rs 30 lakh and rivals cars like the Toyota Fortuner.
The eighth generation Honda Civic, which was discontinued in 2012, was among the most popular cars in its segment. Its sporty looks, premium interior, and powerful engine made it an instant hit. Even today, there are many who worship this car for the great mix of sportiness and comfort it provides. Hence, the company already has a huge fan base that is simply waiting to lap up the new product. With the next-gen Civic, the company will now target the earlier Civic customers and the customers of the Honda City.
The original Honda Civic in India was discontinued due to the fast dwindling sales, which was a result of the lack of a diesel engine. This time around, two things will work in favour of the new model. First, it will offer a diesel engine option right from the day of its launch. Second, the prices of diesel and petrol are now closer to each other than ever, which means it’s tough to offset the initial premium one pays for a diesel model. This has resulted in a huge dip in the popularity of diesel models. Honda being a master of petrol engines, is sure to attract many with the petrol engine for its new D1-segment sedan.
Some of you might ask why Honda refrained from bringing the ninth generation Civic. Well, thing is that the earlier generation of the sedan wasn’t as big a success as its predecessor. Plus, Honda wasn’t ready with a sufficiently powerful diesel engine for India. The 1.5-litre iDTEC motor of the Amaze would have been less than adequate to power the Civic. With the tenth generation of the Honda Civic having achieved great success in many corners of the world, the company is now close to launching its facelift version in India.
Plus, the 1.6-litre diesel engine is finally ready for India. Already on duty on the latest Honda CR-V, the Earth Dreams motor is more than enough to power a D1-segment sedan like the new Honda Civic. This engine engine will not only offer much more power than the rather anaemic 1.4-litre diesel engine of the Toyota Corolla Altis, but will have enough grunt to match the stonker of the 1.6-litre oil-burner that is available on the Hyundai Elantra. That said, we doubt it would be able to match the excellent 2.0-litre motor of the Skoda Octavia. But there’s always a great 1.8-litre petrol engine for all that who want a high performance.
This diesel engine will ensure that there isn’t a repeat of 2012, when Honda Cars India had to discontinue the popular sedan owing to the lack of the diesel engine. Another reason for the discontinuation was the drop in sales owing to a substantial increase in price. Back then, the Japanese Yen had grown too strong against the Indian rupees, and this led to a huge bump in the prices. Meanwhile, the increased popularity of the diesel engines and the launch of cars like the Chevrolet Cruze stole away the thunder from the Japanese sedan.
The 2019 Honda Civic made its world debut a few months ago and is an improved version of the car that was show at the Auto Expo 2018. It carries a revised front fascia, updated interior, and a longer list of features. Compared to the ninth generation model, it has 25% increased torsional rigidity. This is saying a lot as the earlier version was already more robust than the eighth generation model that used to be sold here.
The petrol engine of the 2019 Honda Civic will displace 1.8-litre and is expected to output 140 hp of maximum power. The 1.6-litre diesel engine will output roughly 120 hp, while there could also be a new 1.5-litre tubro-petrol motor with 170 hp in the tap.
The interior of the new Honda Civic will be loaded to its brim with modern features and technologies. It will have a seven-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment system that will support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will also have a digital speedo cluster, keyless entry, multi-zone climate control, cooled glovebox, electric driver’s seat, leather upholstery, wireless phone charging, and advanced safety features.
Prices of the new Honda Civic could start in the vicinity of Rs 15 lakh, with the fully-loaded version going all the way to Rs 22 lakh. This will put it in crosshairs with many models, including the Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra, and Skoda Octavia. At this price point, it will also face the heat from SUVs like the Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, and the upcoming Tata Harrier.
But with a very modern and sporty design, a frugal diesel engine, a powerful petrol engine, a lot of modern features, and the trust of the Honda reliability should help the new Honda Civic repeat the success of the earlier version that was sold on our soil. We feel that the new model has all the ingredients that are required to become a blockbuster in our car market.
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