Honda Motors has introduced a new 9 speed automatic transmission on the Honda Civic diesel. This is the first time ever that the Honda Civic sedan diesel is being offered with an automatic option. The Honda Civic diesel 9 speed automatic transmission model has been introduced in Europe, which makes the highly acclaimed sedan model more convenient than ever. The Civic was so far available with manual and CVT gearbox options on the petrol version, while the diesel avatar came only with a 6 speed manual transmission. Now, the introduction of the diesel automatic variant on the Civic will surely add to its customer appeal. The current-gen Honda Civic is an India bound model, which is set to launch here in 2019, and we can expect the same diesel automatic option as well.
The India-bound current generation Honda Civic diesel model gets powered by a 1.6 litre oil burner that has the ability to churn out a max power output of 120 hp along with a top torque of 300 Nm. Thenext generation Honda CR-V SUV, which is preparing to launch in India soon will also be getting powered by the same diesel engine. As the new-gen CR-V will be getting the diesel automatic version in India, the Civic is also very likely to get the same option. The Civic also comes in its petrol avatar powered by a 1.8 litre i-VTEC petrol mill offering 138 bhp of power.
The new Honda Civic diesel automatic option can do the 0-100 kmph sprint in only 11 seconds, and comes with a top speed of 200 kmph. The performance figures of the Civic diesel AT are slightly lower in comparison with its petrol counterpart, and the fuel economy takes a hit as compared to the 6 speed manual version, as it is rated offering the fuel efficiency of 24.39 kmpl or 68.9 mpg on the combined NEDC cycle. The car’s emissions levels are rated at 108 g/km for the sedan version, while the hatchback avatar is rated at 109 g/km in the car market of UK.
According to Honda Motor, the 9 speed automatic transmission is going to offer linear acceleration. The wide spread gears aid in improving efficiency with the very low first gear ratio delivering smooth performance, while the high top-gear ratio makes sure low engine speed while cruising. The 9 speed automatic transmission can also skip gears for quicker response, and can is capable of shifting down directly from 9th to 5th gear or from 7th to 4th gear as per the driving needs.
The Honda Civic is assembled at the company Turkey plant for the European markets. The bookings for the new Civic diesel automatic sedan version have already commenced.
The 10th generation Honda Civic created a wave with its sporty, sharp and bold new styling. It was confirmed for the Indian market by Honda at the 2018 Auto Expo in February, and it will launch here sometime next. The Honda Civic will relaunch in India to take on the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla. India will receive the new updated Honda Civic model that will be internationally unveiled later in 2018.