New generation Honda Civic will be introduced in India in early parts of 2019; rivals Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia
Honda Cars India announced the re-entry of the Civic sedan to India at the 2018 Auto Expo by displaying the tenth generation global model alongside the latest CR-V. While the CR-V has already gone on sale on the 9th of October, the Civic premium midsize sedan is waiting to be launched by the early parts of next year.
The upcoming Civic is expected to be locally assembled at Honda’s Greater Noida facility near New Delhi after being brought into the country through CKD channel and thus we can expect aggressive pricing against main competitors like Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Rapid.
Despite being a popular nameplate, the Japanese manufacturer could maintain consistent sales with the Civic and it had to be discontinued due to poor demand. With premium segments enduring high acceptance in recent years, Honda has every reason to believe that the Civic can be a success story again.
Having been well-received in international markets already, the Civic, which is among the best-selling cars sold in the United States, features a sporty exterior with a sleek front end. The bold bumper section, stretched headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, aggressive fog lamp housing, C-shaped tail lamps, etc add to the highly regarded road presence.
On the inside, the 2019 Honda Civic gains upmarket centre console and dashboard, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, steering mounted controls, a long list of safety features and driver aids and so on. It will more likely use the same 1.6-litre EarthDreams turbocharged diesel engine powering the latest CR-V as well.
It is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 120 hp and 300 Nm. The 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, on the other hand, should develop close to 140 hp or the 2.0-litre unit used in the CR-V making 154 hp could be carried over. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be on offer. We can expect Honda to shake up the pecking order in the segment and put on a strong contention to Corolla Altis and Elantra.