Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Honda Indonesia, Honda | posted August 15, 2016 12:51
Does Indonesia appearance signal sales in ASEAN soon?
Honda has shown the Honda Civic Hatchback Concept in the ASEAN region during the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. This reveal may hint that the rest of the region may soon get the hatchback version soon.
The automaker has mentioned that the Civic Hatchback will be built in Thailand where the Philippines sources its Civic sedans. Honda Civic Hatchbacks are also built in the UK at Honda's Swindon plant where it will be supplying cars for the western hemisphere.
Our spies were able to catch prototypes the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback testing in the alps sometime in June.
At the moment, the Thai-built Civic Hatchbacks are for the Australian market. While that market has always had Civic hatchbacks, it would not make sense from the manufacturer's standpoint to shift its production from Swindon, UK to Thailand for just one market. The concept model shown in Gaikindo sports a bodykit, bigger wheels, a set of large brakes, green highlights and a center exhaust. The production model will do without the concept car's extra details.
The Australia-bound, Thai-built Civic Hatchback will be available in two engine options. First is the familiar R18 1.8 liter four-cylinder as seen in the current sedan. It now packs Earth Dreams Technology and has an output of 141 PS and 174 Nm of torque. Top of the line models get the 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, also with Earth Dreams Technology. Like the sedan sold in the Philippines, the turbocharged mill puts out 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque.