Honda Civic Spotted Testing In India For The First Time

  • Honda Civic Spotted Testing In India For The First Time

Honda Civic Spotted Testing In India For The First Time

IAB reader Manish Goel has spotted a heavily-camouflaged test mule of the 2019 Honda Civic on the expressway near Sector-144, Noida.

The chrome element of the grille has been replaced with a gloss black finish while the new bumper has chrome highlights near the fog lamps.

The 2019 Honda Civic sedan comes with a range of changes in the form of design and cabin features. For instance, at the front, you get a pair of new smoked headlamps.

Honda Cars India will offer the Civic (Thai spec pictured) with a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre oil-burner. New alloy wheels and a host of chrome accents are also a part of its makeover. The interiors are expected to be an all-black affair like on the global model, with features like a touchscreen infotainment system, sunroof, ventilated seats and climate control. The updated sedan is expected to be offered in 2 new shades - Platinum White Pearl and Molten Lava Pearl.

Powered by the 180bhp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder VTEC turbocharged engine available in the latest Civic hatchback, the Sport trim uses a revised damper set up to keep the HR-V level when cornering. It starts with the familiar 1.8-liter i-VTEC mill with 141 PS (Civic 1.8E) and tops out with the 1.5-liter i-VTEC Turbo, making 172 PS, for the 1.5 RS.

Equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, maximum torque is rated at 240 N.m (between 1 900 and 5 000 r/min), while going for the optional CVT sees that figure fall to 220 N.m (between 1 700 and 5 500 r/min). This will make the 2019 Honda Civic the only vehicle in its segment to have this advanced gearbox.

In addition to the new engine, the HR-V Sport also packs a sportier set of dampers that Honda says will keep the auto flatter in turns. Also, the company will be importing the completely knocked down kits from Thailand via Ayutthaya plant.