The all-new Honda Civic will be launching in Thailand this coming July as reported by Headlight Magazine. Once launched, the Thai-spec model will only have one engine across the range for 2021. Aside from the 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, reports also state that an e:HEV Hybrid variant could follow in 2022.
Last April 2021, the 11th generation model made its global debut in the US, Honda even claims that this is by far the most fun-to-drive and technologically advanced Civic, all thanks to the range of improvements it carries. On the outside, it sports a simple yet more upscale look when compared to its predecessor, it even resembles the design of the Accord. Also, compared with the outgoing Civic, the new model is 25 mm longer, 1 mm wider, 2 mm shorter, and its wheelbase is 37 mm longer.
Interior-wise, the all-new Honda Civic sports the brand’s so-called ‘Human-Centered’ layout which exhibits minimalism at its finest. Its cabin is well-executed, given the usage of soft-touch materials and other high-quality materials. One striking design cue on its dash has got to be the honeycomb mesh accent stretches from door to door across the dash.
However, unlike the US model, Thai-spec models may be available with only one engine option, which will mean that the 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine will be standard throughout the Thai lineup. This means that Honda will be dropping the 1.8-liter R18 gasoline engine that’s available on entry-level variants of the 10th-generation Civic in Thailand. Now, the sole engine option for the compact sedan could produce 180 hp and 240 Nm of torque based on the US-spec Civic. No word yet on if the power figures will be adjusted for the Thai market. Also, the source did mention that an e:HEV Hybrid variant could follow in 2022.
Granted that the Philippine-spec Civic is sourced from Thailand, this should give us a close glimpse of what’s in store for our market if the report is proven to be true.