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The Honda Civic BS6 diesel bookings are underway in the Indian market. The company announced the commencement of bookings for the diesel sedan variant on its website ahead of the launch.
The Civic diesel is expected to be powered by an updated engine of the same unit as seen on the BS4 models. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel engine in its BSIV format produced a maximum power of 118bhp at 4,000rpm and a peak torque of 300 Nm at 2,000rpm.
The engine came mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a nine-speed automatic unit. Although the latter could miss out because of its increased costs. The BS6 power train is expected to produce similar power and torque figures as the BS4 models along with the segment-best fuel efficiency of 26.8kmpl on the diesel powertrain.
Apart from the engine updated, the rest of the features and equipment will be carried forward from its petrol-powered variants. Speaking of petrol power, currently, the Civic features a 1.8-litre petrol engine producing 140bhp of power and 174Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a standard CVT automatic gearbox.
Honda has given the tenth-gen Honda Civic a new-age design. It comes equipped with LED headlamps with LED DRLs, fog lamps with chrome surrounds, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, C-shaped LED taillamps and a small raised boot lip spoiler. The overall silhouette of the car looks aggressive and bold as compared to its previous generation.
Inside, the sedan features a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and voice-assisted commands. It also features a multifunction steering wheel, a push-button for start/stop function, dual-zone climate control, digital instrument cluster, sunroof and more. The dashboard and the upper panels of the doors feature soft-touch materials giving the cabin a premium feel.
The Honda Civic rivals the Skoda Octavia and the Hyundai Elantra in the Indian market. The Civic is offered in three variants: V, VX and ZX. The executive sedan retails between Rs 17.94 lakh and Rs 21.25 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi).
Once launched, the diesel variant is expected to carry a premium over the previous model and become the new top-of-the-line variant in the sedan's time levels. The company is expected to launch the upcoming Civic BS6 diesel model digitally and should be available for purchase on its online platform as well.
Thoughts About The Honda Civic BS6 Diesel Bookings Commence Ahead Of India Launch
In recent times, the Indian market has started to favour SUVs over sedan in any price bracket. As a result, we are receiving only a handful of sedan models from various brands in the country. The company earlier announced that they will offer diesel engines to model with more demand and it looks like the Civic is one of them. Whether the new powertrain will help the sedan to bring in more volumes for the brand remains to be seen.