The all-new Honda Civic diesel automatic has been unveiled. The C+ segment competitor was absent from the Indian car scene from quite some time. However, Honda Car India, earlier this year, revealed that they will be launching the new Civic here soon. This is also the first time that the Honda Civic comes with a diesel engine-automatic option.
If you thought Honda was only into CVTs and torque converter automatic transmissions, then you are wrong. Honda has introduced an all-new 9-speed automatic with the Civic diesel. This transmission also gets paddle shifters. The engine is a 1.6-litre turbodiesel unit that is good for 120PS of power and 300Nm of torque. This unit will also power the upcoming CR-V in India. Honda says that in the Civic, this engine is capable of a 0-100kmph dash in 11s. The top speed should be a shade lower than 200kmph. Honda claims that this transmission is one of its fastest shifting units. It can jump from 9th gear to 5th and if needed be, skip a gear or two while upshifting. This is done in the interest of economy and on tap power. Expect this engine to deliver something close to 24kmpl claimed fuel efficiency.
On the same topic, Honda is expected to bring the facelifted version of the Civic here. In short, the Honda Civic diesel automatic will be different than the one showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. The diesel will be joined by a tweaked 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol that makes 140PS. It will be available both with manual and automatic transmissions. The updated Honda Civic will compete with the Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia.
History of Honda Civic
Honda first launched the Civic in India in 2006. The car boasted an unseen design language as well as interiors. It also debuted Honda’s 1.8-litre petrol engine. The Civic could then be ordered with an automatic and manual transmissions. However, lower sales and a petrol only model in a diesel skewed country ultimately spelt its demise.