When manufacturers launch a new model, they will always show the top-of-the-line version first. However, these variants won't necessarily be the best-sellers. It's typically the base and the mid-spec variants that are mostly seen on the road. So it isn't much of a surprise when Honda headlined the top-spec Touring and Sport versions of the all-new Civic but didn't show us the rest of the range.
There are four variants of the all-new Civic available, at least in the North American market. As mentioned the Sport and the Touring are the top two models in terms of specifications with the latter being the most loaded. At the other end of the spectrum is the entry-level LX while the EX sits happily at the middle of the range. We don't know what the LX and EX look like, that is, until now.
Let's take a closer look at the LX first. You could say the equivalent of this variant in the country is the S model. The LX rides on steel rims with plastic wheel covers, although Honda did a rather good job disguising the wheel trims to look like alloys. Despite being the base model, it still comes with LED headlights for both main and high beams.
As for the EX variant, its comparable version in the Philippine market is the E. As expected, there are a bit more features to be found in the model. It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels instead of steel rims with plastic covers and mirror-integrated turn signal lights. It even has a sunroof standard, but we won't expect that for the local-spec versions.
There are a few upgrades to the interior as well. For starters, it has additional USB connectors, a must in cars these days. It also gets automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It is worth pointing out that all Civics come with the Eco Assist system, ECON mode, Vehicle Stability Assist, Traction Control, and Hill Start Assist.
U.S and Canadian models even come standard with Honda Sensing, the Japanese automaker's active safety package. It includes features such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist, just to name a few. The North American models have it because of an incoming regulation that requires these systems to be standard by next year.
We are curious how the ASEAN-spec Civic compares to the North American version in terms of features and amenities. Thankfully, the wait won't be too long since it is confirmed that it will be here before the end of 2021.