Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go | posted April 26, 2016 20:18
Tenth generation Civic debuts in the Philippines
Following its ASEAN debut in Bangkok, it was only a matter of time before the tenth-generation Civic would make its debut in the Philippines. Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) has just launched the eagerly awaited C-Segment sedan which coincides with the Japanese automaker's 25th year in the Philippines.
Featuring the "Solid Wing Face" design with the sharp LED headlamps, the all-new 2016 Civic is shaped more like a fastback instead of the traditional 3-box design from past Civics. The aggressive look of the new Civic is further highlighted by contoured front fenders, sculpted hood and a sporty bumper. Breaking traditional sedan looks, the rear section gets C-shaped taillights that now extend over to the trunk, a new rear bumper and revamped trunk design. Despite bigger dimensions, the all-new Civic is lighter than its predecessor by 30kg.
Inside, the tenth-generation Civic boasts more cabin space thanks to the bigger exterior. The cabin gets a more premium feel by incorporating a one-piece soft touch instrument panel. In addition, it also features a full-color TFT instrument panel and piano black finish and silver bezels on the center console. Passengers are also treated to a 7-inch Display Audio Touchscreen. The touchscreen handles entertainment features, wireless telephone connectivity via Bluetooth. The system also supports mirror linking with a mobile device.
Civic RS Turbo models get leather trim, 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and a navigation system. Like most Hondas, the Civic is available with the Remote Engine Start. Other conveniece features include an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Auto Brake Hold, and Walk Away Auto Lock that automatically locks the car when the smart key is no longer in range. Also featured in the new Civic are Multi-view Reverse Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, Seat Belt Reminder, ISOFIX and Immobilizer.
The 2016 Honda Civic is available with two engine options, first is the 1.8 liter engine carried over from the previous generation. Equipped in the Civic 1.8E, it produces 141 PS and 174 Nm of torque . For the top-spec RS Turbo model, it is powered by Honda's mass-market turbocharged i-VTEC engine. It displaces 1.5 liters and puts out 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque and features Earth Dreams technology. For the first time ever in the local Civic range, there will be no manual transmissions offered. Instead, all Civics are mated to a continuously variable transmission.
On the safety check, the 2016 Honda Civic is equipped with anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, a host of airbags, traction control and Honda's interpretation of stability control called Vehicle Stability Assist. The Vehicle Stability Assist also features Agility Handling Assist which, according to Honda, offers a more dynamic experience while staying stable.
Prices for the 2016 Honda Civic are as follows:
Honda Civic 1.8 E: Php 1,088,000
Honda Civic RS Turbo: Php 1,398,000
Customer deliveries begin in June.