Honda will launch the all-new 10th generation Civic sedan in India later this year. The car will get a diesel engine for the first time in the Indian market. Now, we have a jaw dropping bit of information for you. Honda Europe claims that the Civic Diesel delivers 29.41 Kmpl mileage on the European test cycle. To give you some perspective, the recently launched Swift Diesel,a much smaller car than the Civic, offers a mileage of 28.4 Kmpl, according to ARAI.
Though this testing cycle may be different from the one ARAI uses for India, there’s a big chance that the Civic Diesel sold here will also offer stunning fuel efficiency. This is because the Indian version of the Civic will use the same 1.6 liter i-DTEC all aluminium turbo diesel engine. The Civic Diesel that got 29.41 Kmpl features the 1.6 liter turbodiesel engine with 120 PS of peak power and 300 Nm of peak torque.
A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard, and this drives the front wheels of the car. The same trim will be offered in India as well. But we’re not sure of the Idle-Stop system, which is standard on the Euro version, will be offered on the Indian model as well. A idle stop system can boost mileage by around 5 % when the car is driven in heavy stop-and-go traffic. The idle stop mechanism cuts off the engine when the car is stationary for more than a few seconds in traffic, and restarts the engine as soon as the driver presses the clutch pedal. This system is available on multiple Mahindra cars sold in India such as the TUV300 and the Scorpio.
Talking of the new Civic for India, it will also feature a 1.8 liter VTEC petrol engine with 140 PS and 175 Nm. The petrol engine will get a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard and a CVT automatic gearbox as an option. While the European version of the Civic Diesel will soon get a 9 speed torque converter automatic gearbox as an option, it remains to be seen if such an option is offered on the Indian variant of the car as well.