The media drives of the Honda Civic are on, and the all-new D-Segment sedan is just weeks away from an official launch in India. The technical specifications of the 10th generation, India-spec Civic have been revealed, and it’s now apparent that the car will be the most fuel efficient sedan in the D-Segment, outdoing competitors such as the Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra. The Honda Civic Diesel delivers a whopping 26.8 Kmpl of mileage while the Corolla and Elantra Diesels manage 23 Kmpl, with the Octavia Diesel bringing up the back with 21 Kmpl.
The Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia are key rivals of the Honda Civic. The high mileage of the Honda Civic Diesel may be attributed to the relatively tame state of tune for its 1.6 liter all-aluminium diesel engine, which makes 120 Bhp-300 Nm. This motor is also found on the Honda CR-V but unlike the SUV, gets a single, 6 speed manual gearbox option on the Civic.
The 10th generation Civic, which has also received a mid life makeover, will be available with another engine option – the 1.8 liter i-VTEC petrol with 138 Bhp of peak power and 174 Nm of peak torque. The petrol engine has a CVT automatic gearbox as standard, which gets 7 stepped shifts that can be controlled by paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel.
The Civic, now in its 10th generation globally, is making a comeback into India after nearly half a decade. Over the last five years, Honda has skipped a full generation of the Civic for the Indian market. So, we’re going straight from the 8th generation version to the 10th generation model. The new Civic is larger than the 8th-gen model, and also comes with totally different styling.The car features a coupe-ish, plunging roofline that’s also seen on the Honda Amaze. The new car measures 4,656mm in length, 1,799 mm in width, 1,433mm in height, and has a wheelbase f
The new Civic gets a 170 mm ground clearance, which should be adequate for Indian conditions and rides on 17 inch alloy wheels shod with 215/50 section tubeless tyres. The car is quite loaded in terms of safety. Disc brakes on all four wheels, ABS+EBD, six airbags, automatic brake hold, vehicle stability assist with traction control, lane-watch camera, rear view camera and parking sensors, automatic day-night view inner rear view mirror, hill start assist (HSA) and ISOFIX child seat mounts make for the various safety features offered on the car. As for creature comforts, Honda has loaded up the Civic with plenty of features.
A 7-inch all-digital instrument cluster that packs in a lot of information, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with start-stop button and an electric sunroof are the key features on offer. The car will be sold in five colours: Platinum White Pearl, Radiant Red, Modern Steel, Lunar Silver and Golden Brown. Honda dealers have already begun accepting bookings for the car. The Civic will be sold in multiple variants, and will be assembled by Honda in India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. Prices are likely to start from near the Rs. 16 lakh mark.