Honda launched the all-new Civic earlier this year. The car made a comeback after an absence of a few years and it has already claimed the top spot on the sales charts in the segment. Last month, the Toyota Corolla became the best-selling car in the segment with a lead of a few hundred units but Honda sold more than 2,000 units of the car to be at the second spot on the charts. The launch of the tenth generation Honda Civic also marks the launch of the diesel engine powered Civic in the Indian market for the first time. However, the sales data shows most customers are choosing the Honda Civic petrol over the diesel version.
The all-new Honda Civic is powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol variants of the car are powered by a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine that generates a maximum power of 138 Bhp and 174 Nm of peak torque. The diesel variants of the Civic get the 1.6-litre engine option that also powers the all-new Honda CR-V. In the Civic, the 1.6-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder engine produces a maximum power of 118 Bhp and peak torque of 300 Nm. Notably, Honda does not offer an automatic transmission option with the diesel engine option. It only gets a 6-speed manual transmission. On the contrary, all the petrol variants of the Honda Civic get the 7-speed CVT automatic gearbox as standard. There is no manual transmission available with the petrol-powered Honda Civic.
Honda sold a total of 2,291 units of the Civic in the month of June 2019. Out of the total units sold, there are 2,006 units of petrol sold while only 285 customers chose the diesel option of the car. Notably, all the other vehicles in the segment saw a similar pattern where the petrol version is more popular than the diesel option. Honda Civic saw the widest difference between petrol and diesel model sale percentage followed by Toyota Corolla. A massive 84% of customers choose the petrol Corolla while the rest of them went for the diesel version of the car.
The all-new tenth generation Civic comes loaded with features. At the front, it gets L-shaped DRL with full-LED headlamps. The rear gets the C-Shaped tail lamps that look extremely good at night. The top-versions of the Civic also offer features like sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, remote-controlled windows and engine start and more such features. On the inside, the all-new Civic also offers automatic climate control system, 8-way power adjustable seats, rain sensing wipers, engine start/stop button, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and more.
Honda was recently spotted testing the Civic Si performance coupe. It gets powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power 205 Bhp and peak torque of 260 Nm.