Honda recently launched the tenth generation of their sedan in India. It was one of the most awaited launch from the brand this year. Honda during the launch of all-new Civic confirmed that Honda has received around 1,100 bookings for the new Civic in just 20 days.
Interesting fact about this is that the 1,100 booking that Honda has received is equivalent to two months of total sales of the segment. As per the figures provided by Autocar the combined sales for the Skoda Octavia (368 units), Toyota Corolla Altis (372 units), Hyundai Elantra (118 units) for December 2018 and January 2019 come to 858 units.
The Honda had launched the all-new Civic at a starting price of Rs 17.69 lakh, ex-showroom pan India. New civic gets both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variants are powered by a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that develops a maximum power of 139 Bhp and a peak torque of 174 Nm. It is only offered with a CVT automatic transmission.
The diesel variants get the 1.6-litre EarthDreams engine that is already seen with the all-new CR-V in the Indian market. It churns out a maximum of 118 Bhp and 300 Nm. The diesel variants are only available with a manual transmission. Honda might lntroduce automatic transmission to the diesel engine if there is enough demand from the customer side.
The Honda Civic is offered in three variants V, VX and ZX. The prices for petrol civic starts at Rs 17.69 lakh (V), Rs 19.2 lakh (VX) and Rs 20.99 lakh (ZX) ex-showroom, pan India. Price for diesel civic starts at Rs 20.49 lakh (VX) and 22.29 lakh (ZX) ex-showroom, pan India.
The diesel variant of the Civic offers segment leading fuel economy. It has a certified economy of 26.8 kilometres to a liter, which is even better than the mileage offered by many hatchbacks. The petrol variant of the civic will return a fuel efficiency of 16.5 kilometres to a litre. The all-new Honda Civic is targetted at the existing Honda City customers who are looking to upgrade to a more premium sedan.
The main competition for the all-new Civic will come in the form of Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis. The old Honda Civic has a cult following in the country till today. The same can be expected in the case of the all-new Honda Civic also. However, it remains to be seen if there are enough fans of the Civic who will be willing to buy the car at the premium price tag it’s selling at.