The all-new Honda Civic finally entered the ASEAN region, with the 11th-generation model making its Thailand debut last August 6, 2021. Given the country’s close proximity, could Honda Cars Philippines launch the all-new sedan anytime soon?
A total of 3 variants were made available for the Thai market, namely EL, EL+, and RS. With Honda dropping the 1.8-liter R18 gasoline engine that’s available on lower trims of its predecessor, the Thai-spec Civic now has an all-turbo variant range. Plus, the compact sedan also comes with a generous amount of standard equipment such as its suite of Honda SENSING driver-assist features.
Exterior-wise, the design still resembles the US-spec model, however, there are some key differences to take note of. For starters, the Thai-spec Civic can’t be had with the larger 18-inch two-tone alloys found on select variants of the US-spec model, instead, its lower and mid variant comes with 16-inch alloys while the range-topper features blacked-out 17-inch wheels.
Moreover, the Thai market’s RS variant gets more black details compared with the US market’s Civic Sport. Aside from the side mirrors and alloy wheels, it’s also applied on the door handles and rear spoiler, giving it a sportier look compared to the EL and EL+ trims.
Inside, you’ll witness Honda’s revolutionary interior design which goes by its so-called ‘Human-Centered’ layout that exhibits minimalism at its finest. One striking design cue on its dash has got to be the honeycomb mesh accent stretches from door to door across the dash.
As for in-car entertainment, it comes with a 9-inch touchscreen display that supports various multimedia functions including Bluetooth, voice command, navigation, Honda Connect, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Other features include an 8-speaker sound 10.2-inch digital instrument panel, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a wireless charging pad.
As mentioned, Honda SENSING is standard on the all-new Civic, offering a suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies. You get lane-keeping assist, automatic high beam, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and more. The lane watch camera, on the other hand, is exclusive to the RS variant.
All variants are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that churns out 176 hp and 240 Nm of torque. Its power mill can only be paired with a CVT. There is a great chance that the Philippine market could receive this model anytime soon, granted that Honda Cars Philippines sources the Civic from the land of smiles. We’re definitely crossing our fingers on this.
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