At the 2018 Auto Expo, Honda revealed that it will launch a slew of new cars for the Indian market. The Japanese brand announced the launch of three all-new models in the Indian market. Of these, the Honda Amaze will be launched soon and the rest – the Honda Civic sedan and the CR-V luxury SUV will be launched in India before Fiscal Year 2019. We now have the exact timelines.
According to Honda officials, the all-new CR-V and the all-new Civic would be launched in the second half of this year. It is expected that after the launch of the all-new Amaze in May 2017, Honda will launch the CR-V around the festive season and the Civic by the end of this year or early 2019. Both the cars are highly awaited in India, especially the Civic that will make a comeback to the Indian market.
The all-new CR-V will also introduce a new diesel engine in the Indian market. The CR-V will get the 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbocharged diesel engine for the first time in the Indian market. The engine generates a maximum of 118 Bhp and 300 Nm. There is a more powerful version of the same engine that is available in the European markets. There will also be a petrol engine on offer – the 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with 186 Bhp – 226 Nm.
Just like the current version of the CR-V, the all-new CR-V will be assembled in India and will be imported as CKD (Completely Knocked Down) units. The biggest change in the upcoming CR-V is the additional row of seats. It will be a 7-seater vehicle, pitting it directly against the likes of Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.
Like the new CR-V, the Honda Civic will also get a diesel engine unit in the Indian market. The same 1.6-litre diesel engine will be present in the Civic and it will produce a similar 118 Bhp and 300 Nm in the premium sedan too. There will also be a 1.8-litre petrol engine option on the Civic. The petrol engine has a power output of 138 Bhp and 174 Nm. It will get a 6-speed manual and CVT automatic transmission. The diesel is likely to be manual-only.