Honda Civic was a dream back in its prime time. In India, the sedan was roughly sold for around Rs 20 Lakhs which came with some unique features, found only in Mercedes and BMWs. Its main USP was the futuristic design that it had. Now, the car is expected to launch in India this year, in its tenth generation.
Honda is one such brand which can somehow match the luxury that the German cars offer. One of the very first ones to have a futuristic design with elegant looks was the Honda Civic. It came in 2006 and stayed for a brief 6 years. After 8 years, the premium sedan is expected to relaunch in India this year. It was recently showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, which indicated the comeback. In India, the premium executive sedan segment is not so popular, because of the increasing SUV trend, but somehow has its own fan following. It competes with Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis in this segment. The sedan is expected to be priced between Rs 14 Lakhs to Rs 20 Lakhs. By the design, it gets coupe-like styling with the trademark Honda front fascia and an electric sunroof. Read more to know about this upcoming sedan.
Honda Civic 2018 India – Launch Date
|Launch Date||Year-End 2018|
The sedan was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. Also, globally the car is available in the market. In the Auto Expo, Honda announced that the car is scheduled to launch in the 2018-19 financial year. This indicates that the car might launch by year-end and definitely before Match 2019.
Honda Civic 2018 India – Expected price
|Base Variant||Rs 14 Lakhs|
|Top – End variant||Rs 20 Lakhs|
Being one of the few lesser priced premium sedans, it will be priced aggressively. The base variant is expected to start from around Rs 14 lakhs and the top of the line is expected to cost around Rs 20 Lakhs (ex-showroom).
Honda Civic 2018 India – Design
The 2028 Honda Civic gets a coupe-like side profile, different from the usual three-box shape. In the front, it gets the standard Honda logo on chrome front fascia. The front grille is flanked by the LED projector headlamps, above the sportily styled fog lamps. At the back, the taillamps integrate seamlessly with a subtle lip spoiler that adds some sharpness to the boot. The rear bumper features black inserts that also house the reflector units. It looks different and a little botched up from its previous generation in India. Honda is really thriving hard to give this premium sedan, a sporty look.
Honda Civic 2018 India – Interiors
The usual and premium Honda styling is noticeable in this sedan. In the interiors, it will get an all-black treatment with some chrome elements on the dashboard and the centre console. The interiors will feature a touchscreen infotainment screen, automatic climate control, Proximity key entry system with pushbutton start and a Steering wheel-mounted cruise control. For seating, it gets 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, Driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment, Heated front and rear seats and rear armrest. It also might some leather treatment on the gear knobs and the steering wheel.
Honda Civic 2018 India – Engine
The sedan will come in petrol and diesel options. The petrol variant gets a 1.8 Litre i-Vtec engine that produces 139 BHP @ 6500 RPM worth of power and 174 Nm @ 4300 RPM worth of torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed MT with an optional 6-speed CVT gearbox. The diesel variant gets a 1.6 Litre i-DTEC engine that produces 160 BHP @ 4000 RPM worth of power and 300 Nm @ 2000 RPM worth of torque. The diesel variant will be the first one to feature a 6-speed MT along with an optional 9-speed CVT gearbox.
|Engine Type||1.8 Litre i-Vtec||1.6 Litre i-Dtec|
|Engine||4-cylinder 1800 CC||4-cylinder 1600 CC|
|Power||139 BHP @ 6500 RPM||160 BHP @ 4000 RPM|
|Torque||174 Nm @ 4300 RPM||300 Nm @ 2000 RPM|
6-speed MT/9-speed CVT
Honda Civic 2018 India – Fuel Performance
The all-new 2018 Honda Civic will feature a petrol and a diesel engine. The 1.8-lite petrol unit will deliver around 12-14 kmpl while the new 1.6-litre diesel unit will deliver an unusual high mileage of around 22 kmpl. The diesel engine uses technologies like turbocharging and high strength chromium-molybdenum steel alloy pistons to achieve these staggering results.
Honda Civic 2018 India – Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||125 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1247 kgs|
The sedan measures 1416 mm in height, 4631 mm in length and 2076 mm in width. It has a wheelbase of 2700 mm with a ground clearance of 125 mm. It weighs around 12476 kgs.
Honda Civic 2018 India – Features
Honda never compromises on the features that it provides, and on top of that, Civic is a premium Honda sedan. It will have most of the top level comfort and convenience features. Following are the features that we can expect in the sedan:
- LED Projector Headlamps
- LED DRLs with LED tail lights
- Electric Sunroof
- 7-inch Touch Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Auto Dimming rear view mirror
- Automatic Climate Control
- Reverse parking sensors with Multi-angle rearview camera
- Power operated ORVM with LED blinkers
- Steering wheel mounted controls
- Heated seats
- Keyless entry with Push button start/stop
- 60:40 split rear folding seats
In terms of safety, it will feature:
- ABS with EBD and 6 Airbags
- Brake Assist
- Collision Mitigation braking system
- Forward Collision Warning
- Hill Climb and Descent Assist
- Vehicle Stability Program
Honda Civic 2018 India – Competition
Civic will face some stiff competition with the likes of Toyota Corolla Altis, Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra. Corolla Altis costs between Rs 16 lakhs to Rs 20 Lakhs. Hyundai Elantra costs between Rs 13.29 Lakhs to Rs 19.33 Lakhs and Octavia starts from Rs 16.02 Lakhs to Rs 24.49 Lakhs (all prices ex-showroom). Mostly, all the sedans offer nearly same features and specs. Currently, the cheapest one in the competition is Elantra and the costliest one is the Octavia.
Honda Civic 2018 India – Overview
Year End 2018
Rs 14-20 Lakhs
1.8 L i-VTEC/1.6 L i-DTEC
139 BHP/160 BHP
174 Nm/300 Nm
6-speed MT/6-speed CVT/9-speed CVT
14 KMPL/22 KMPL
Electric Sunroof, Auto Dimming rear view mirror, Reverse parking sensors with Multi-angle rearview camera, Heated seats
ABS with EBD and 6 Airbags, Collision Mitigation braking system, Forward Collision Warning
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