Honda Car India launched the all-new tenth generation of the Civic in the Indian market earlier this month. The Japanese carmaker officially started taking bookings from 15th February 2019 and since then, they have received more than 1,600 bookings in India.
The all-new Honda Civic takes on the likes Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla and the Skoda Octavia in the Indian market. The all-new Civic has returned after a gap of a few years and carries a price tag of Rs. 17.7 lakh for the base version. The top-end version of the Civic is priced at Rs. 22.29 lakh, both price ex-showroom. In comparison, the Hyundai Elantra is priced at Rs. 13.81 lakh and the Skoda Octavia carries a price tag of Rs. 15.99 lakh. The Toyota Corolla Altis, which is the best-selling model in the segment is priced at Rs. 15.7 lakh. Earlier, Honda announced that they have received more than 1,100 bookings for the Civic in just 20 days.
Honda offers both petrol and diesel engine options with the all-new Civic. There is a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that churns out a maximum power of 139 Bhp and peak torque of 174 Nm. All the petrol variants are only available with the CVT automatic transmission only. The diesel variants are powered by the 1.6-litre EarthDreams engine that is also available with the all-new CR-V in the Indian market. It generates a maximum of 118 Bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque. The diesel variant are only offered with the 6-speed manual transmission and is the most fuel efficient vehicle in the segment. Honda claims that the diesel engine returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 26.8 km/l as per ARAI while the petrol variants return a maximum of 16.5 km/l.
There are three trim levels of Honda Civic available in the Indian market – V, VX and ZX. All three variants are fully loaded with features. Even the base variant of the Honda Civic offers 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, LED cabin lamps, 12.7 cm infotainment system with four-speakers, steering mounted-controls, four airbags, ABS+EBD, electronic parking brake, reverse camera with sensors and remote closing and opening of the windows. The top-end version offers features like 6 airbags, full LED automatic headlamps, LED fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers and electrically operated sunroof with remote opening and closing. You can even start the vehicle with the remote key and it can cool down the cabin on the hot days.
Honda is currently targetting the existing Honda City customers who are looking to upgrade to a sedan. Currently, Honda offers the Amaze, City, Civic and the Accord sedans in the Indian market but the price of the Accord is quite expensive. Other than that, Honda may also launch an SUV in the Indian market that will take on the Hyundai Creta in the Indian market.