First it was America, and now, it's here, in the region at least.
The updated 2019 Honda Civic, first shown in the US, has made its ASEAN debut. Making its premiere the 2018 Bangkok Motor Expo it gets an updated look, upgraded infotainment system, and the addition of more safety equipment.
So what's been changed for the 2019 model year? At the front, the new Civic gets a reshaped air dam with new corner air intakes and foglight housings. The front bumper has also been slightly extended with a more rounded-off look. Meanwhile at the back, there's a different under garnish for the bumper featuring a brushed chrome strip. Wheel designs are the same for the RS models, as well as the E variant. The rest of the body carries over unchanged.
Cabin layout is the same as the current one but the RS model appears to have received wood-effect graining on the dashboard. This wood-effect trim then extends to the doors. Also, there seems to be extra piping on the leatherette door panels as well. The RS model also gains red stitching on the steering wheel. But the biggest update inside is a new infotainment system. It gets a software update, along with a redesigned interface and a volume knob. Also, there two color options for the interior, beige and black, depending on the car's exterior color.
For 2019, the Civic gets Honda Sensing in the top of the line models. Honda Sensing is the automaker's safety package that includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning, and Auto High Beam. In addition, Honda's LaneWatch feature is standard on the 1.5 RS Turbo, which serves as an extra pair of eyes for the driver.
Engines are carried over from the current model. It starts with the familiar 1.8-liter i-VTEC mill with 141 PS (Civic 1.8E) and tops out with the 1.5-liter i-VTEC Turbo, making 172 PS, for the 1.5 RS. No manual transmissions on offer, both are mated to a continuously variable transmission.
With its launch and debut in Thailand, it is possible that we won't have to wait that long for the 2019 Civic to arrive in local showrooms. For now however, there is no word as to when it will make its Philippine debut.