Japanese auto-giant, Honda will showcase two cars at the 2018 Auto-Expo. The two cars are Honda Civic and Honda CR-V. The luxury sedan will launch in Indian market in 2019 while the CR-V SUV will be launched this year itself. But the Civic that will launch on the Auto-Expo will not be the exact model. Honda will bring the facelifted version that is yet to make a public appearance.
Both cars will be assemble in India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. The surprising thing is, for the first time ever, Honda will offer diesel engine options in both the cars.
Manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered on the petrol variant, which will also get a four wheel drive option. The thing which makes the new CR-V more interesting than its predecessors is that it will come with a third row of seats and as i mentioned above, will also has a diesel engine option, both firsts for the CR-V.
The diesel engine of both the cars will remain same and is expected to be offered with a manual gearbox and a front wheel drive layout. The expected price range of CR-V is from Rs. 25L to 30L. And at these price range it will directly compete with the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.
The Civic will continue its sporty, low-slung design. What gives the new Civic its character is the faux notchback look at the back. The petrol powered Civic will use the 1.8 liter-4 cylinder engine with VTEC technology, and is expected to output around 140 Bhp. Both manual and automatic gearbox options are likely on the petrol engine. The diesel engine will be an all aluminium turbocharged unit that has about 120 Bhp-300 Nm.
It is however expected to be sold only with a 6 speed manual gearbox. Honda has also started working on the 1.6 liter i-DTEC all-aluminium diesel engine in India and this engine will also power domestic models too. The Civic is expected to be priced at Rs 15 lakhs and will compete with Toyota Corolla Altis, the Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia.