New Honda Civic Exceeds Expectations With Phenomenal Booking Numbers

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As of last week, the new Honda Civic had already garnered over 1,800 bookings, with the petrol version accounting for more than 85% of the orders

Honda Cars India started the order book for the new Honda Civic on 15 February, while launched earlier this month. On sale at a starting price of Rs 17.69 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), the new sedan had already garnered over 1,800 bookings as of last week, which is phenomenal if you consider the low demand for the D1-segment sedans.

The response to the new Honda Civic is nothing short of surprising. If you look at the sales figures, you’ll find out that models like the Hyundai Elantra have managed to average just 80 units a month since September 2018. The Octavia has found about 185 buyers a month in the same period, while the Toyota Corolla Altos has been selling around 212 units a month. Going by this, the response to the new Civic is nothing short of phenomenal.

As per reports, about 85 per cent of the bookings for the new Honda Civic is for its petrol version, while more than 80 per cent of the total orders is for the top-spec models. Many buyers of the new Civic are people who have owned the earlier generation Civic in the past.

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The eighth-gen Honda Civic was sold in India until 2013 before it got discontinued due to low sales. The company chose against bringing the ninth-gen Civic to India as it didn’t have a suitable diesel engine to power the Indian version. Finally, earlier this year, the facelifted version of the tenth-gen Civic was launched in the country and came with both petrol and diesel engine options.

The new Honda Civic is 4,656 mm long, 1,799 mm wide and 1,433 mm high. It has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm and 430 litres of boot space. The new Civic is on sale in India with two engine options – 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.

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The petrol engine for the new Honda Civic offers 141 PS and 174 Nm. It comes mated to a CVT. The diesel engine comes from the CR-V and produces a maximum power of 120 PS and a peak torque of 300 Nm. It comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. While the petrol engine offers a claimed fuel mileage of 16.5 km/l, the diesel version offers a staggering 26.8 km/l.

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