2019 Honda Civic coming to India with BS-VI engines?

Honda Civic is all set to make its comeback in India by the end of February 2019. It will mark the premium sedans entry in India after a gap of seven years.

Discontinued from India back in 2012, Honda’s popular d-segment sedan, the Civic, is all set to make its comeback to the Indian market. The Japanese automaker announced last year that it will shift its focus back to manufacturing cars in the premium segment rather than chasing after volumes. The launch of the new Honda CR-V marked the brand’s first step towards this and also created grounds for the new Civic which is likely to make its debut by the end of February this year.

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In the international markets, Honda has given the Civic a recent facelift and this is the version which will make its debut in India. This Sedan, though quite popular amongst the enthusiasts faced discontinuation primarily because of dwindling sales due to the lack of a diesel engine in its portfolio. In addition to this, with the introduction of the urban SUVs, demand for the d-segment sedans in itself was going down at a considerable rate.

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The 2019 Honda Civic is going to come to India armed with a diesel engine under its portfolio. This oil-burner is the same 1.6-litre unit which was introduced in the Honda CR-V. This oil-burner is capable of producing 120 BHP of power along with 300 Nm of peak torque. It will be paired to a 9-speed automatic unit. However there are chances that it may even get a 6-speed manual transmission variant as well.

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In addition to the above-mentioned diesel engine, the 2019 Honda Civic is also going to offer a petrol engine option. This unit is going to be a 1.8-litre, naturally aspirated unit capable of churning out 140 BHP of power along with 174 Nm of peak torque. This engine is likely to feature only a 6-speed manual transmission option.

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Recently, a test mule of the 2019 Honda Civic was captured in lens testing on Indian roads. The vehicle in question was seen adorning an emission testing kit. Does this mean that this sedan will launch in India with BS-Vi engine options? For starters, if it does, the prices will be considerably higher than the competition due to the technology used in BS-VI engines, primarily the diesel units. With the implementation of BS-VI emission regulations still almost a year away, we thing that the Civic, just for the sake of keeping the prices competitive will launch in India with BS-IV complaint engines.

When launched in India, the new Honda Civic is going to compete against the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis and the Hyundai Elantra. As a result of this, the prices of this sedan is expected to fall in-between the range of INR 15 lakh to INR 20 lakh (ex-showroom).