After a long absence from the Indian market, the Honda Civic is all set to make its return with the tenth-generation model on March 7, 2019. The Honda Amaze and CR-V were the first ones to be launched with the next-generation design language. However, the launch of the Civic sedan will change the way fans looked at D-segment sedans as it claims segment-leading mileage figure and refined petrol-automatic option. For the first time in India, the Honda Civic will feature a diesel engine, the same one that is already sold in the European markets.
Around the world, the Honda Civic made its debut with two petrol engine configurations, a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor and a 4-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol motor. However, for the Indian markets, none of the above will be available since the company brings the 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine for the petrol models, which will be capable of producing maximum power of 141 hp at 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 174 Nm at 4300 rpm. This engine will be available with a CVT gearbox. On the other hand, the 1.6-litre diesel motor will be capable of producing maximum power of 120 hp at 4000 rpm and a peak torque of 300 Nm at 2000 rpm, and it will be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. There will be no automatic transmission with the diesel motor.
Sources close to the company revealed that bringing the automatic option to the diesel motor would have made the Civic quite an expensive car according to its segment and it would not have been viable for the Indian market. The same reason was cited for not bringing the turbo petrol options in India. While there is no word on the prices as of now, the price range of the Civic sedan is expected to start from INR 18 lakh. The segment in which the sedan will be launched has competitors like the Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra, and Skoda Octavia.