Anton Andres / | March 11, 2016 17:15
Honda Thailand gets first ASEAN-spec tenth-generation Civic
The tenth-generation ASEAN-spec Honda Civic has just made its official regional debut in Thailand, confirming the first images of the company's C-Segment sedan spotted in that country.
"Ever since the beginning of Civic, the challenging spirit of Honda has always been carried over through its development from generation to generation. Every generation of Civic improved and consistently set a new standard for compact cars in their periods. They are always at the leading edge of their competition, so obviously that you could say Civic is "The Only One Who Can Go Beyond Civic," said Sompop Patipanthada, Marketing general manager of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
"Honda Civic sales in Thailand began with the 3rd generation in 1984 and being warm welcomed with satisfaction by Thai customers as always, as evident from its cumulative sales of nearly 460,000 units to date. In Thailand, Civic and Honda grew up together and it also represented Honda image: the Civic and its sports DNA always be the top-of-mind impression of Honda. The arrival of the all-new, 10th-generation Honda Civic is another important step of advancements that take Civic further ahead. In just six months after its world premiere in North America, the all-new Honda Civic has already won 14 awards (including the North American Car of the Year for 2016) and recognitions from 10 leading institutions, reflecting its world class automobile that is truly awaited." said Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Chief operating officer of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
For the ASEAN market, the Civic closely resembles the model that was launched during last year's Los Angeles Auto Show. This means the 'Solid Wing Face' and fastback profile will make its way to the Philippine market as well. One minor difference is the corner light which is amber-colored for the US and for our region, we get clear corner lights. The new Civic will be fitted with signature LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED tail lights.
Despite being bigger than its predecessor, the tenth-generation Honda Civic is 30 kg lighter as 12% of the body was constructed from ultra high-strength steel. Aside from being more lightweight, the use of the said steel allowed for a 25% improvement on torsional rigidity as well.
With the bigger exterior dimensions, the interior boasts a bigger cabin with more leg, hip and headroom for all the occupants. Driver visibility was also improved thanks to the use of new ultra-thin front roof pillars. In addition, the new Civic has a lowered floor which allows for a sportier driving position.
All variants get a one-piece soft-touch instrument panel, new full-color TFT instrument panel and piano black finish and silver bezels on the center console. The 7-inch Display Audio Touchscreen provides advance Touch controls of entertainment features, wireless telephone connectivity via Bluetooth, and USB port that supports that support Apple CarPlay (compatible with some smartphones). A Multi-Information Display allows many utility functions which can be switch to display various information or even searched alphabetically using control buttons on the steering wheel. In addition, 1.5 Turbo models get 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, 4-way power adjustable front passenger's seat and Honda Lane Watch. 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.
In Thailand, the Civic is available in four variants, namely the 1.8E, 1.8 EL, 1.5 Turbo and 1.5 Turbo RS. In a previous report, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) confirmed that the we will also be getting the Turbo RS model. The 1.8 models are powered by the familiar R18 engine that puts out 141 PS and 174 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the 1.5 liter Turbo VTEC engine with Earth Dreams technology has an output of 172 PS and 220 Nm of torque. All Thai-spec Civics are mated to a continuously variable transmission.
Like all Hondas sold in the ASEAN region, the all-new Civic is also available Modulo accessories. These include a selection of rear spoilers, bespoke wheels, door visors, a chrome-finished exhaust tip and a body kit.
As for the Philippine market, HCPI has yet to announce the launch date for its C-Segment sedan but has released a teaser video for the new car. HCPI also announced that all authorized dealerships are now accepting reservations of the upcoming sedan.