The 2019 Honda Civic was launched in India earlier this month, while its bookings commenced on February 15, 2019. Reportedly, the carmaker has already bagged more than 1,600 orders for the recently introduced tenth-gen model
The response to the 2019 Honda Civic is nothing short of phenomenal, considering that the demand for D1-segment sedans has been much lower than the similarly priced SUVs/crossovers. To put things in perspective, the Toyota Corolla Altis, which is currently the segment-bestseller, has sold roughly 212 copies a month since September 2018. The Skoda Octavia has been finding an average of 185 buyers every month, while the Hyundai Elantra averages just about 80 units every month.
It is being said that as much as 85 per cent of the bookings for the 2019 Honda Civic is for the petrol variant, while 80 per cent of the total orders is for the top-spec trim. Moreover, the buyers of the new Civic are people who have even owned the earlier model at some point in time.
The 2019 Honda Civic is the facelifted version of the tenth generation model. While the eighth-gen model, which sold in India till 2012, was brought to us without many changes, the company has made some significant alterations to the latest model to suit the local needs and requirements. For instance, the India-spec model enjoys increased ground clearance (front- +20 mm, rear: +15 mm). Moreover, this time around, the company is offering a diesel engine option, the lack of which turned out to be the Achilles' heel for the previous version.
The 2019 Honda Civic is available in two engine variants- 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel. The former offers maximum power and torque figures of 141 PS at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm at 4,300 rpm, while the latter is good for 120 PS at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The petrol motor comes mated to a CVT, but the oil-burner is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. ARAI-rated fuel efficiency figures for the petrol and diesel models stand at 16.5 km/l and 26.8 km/l, respectively.