It has been two months since Honda launched the all-new Civic. First revealed in the U.S., the compact sedan gets a new look inside and out, high-tech features, as well as upgraded engines.
So far, Honda Cars Philippines Inc (HCPI) has yet to reveal the local launch date of the all-new Civic. Despite confirming its arrival this year, the automaker has remained tight-lipped about its exact date of arrival.
Fortunately, we now have an idea of when it will be here. That's because the all-new compact sedan will supposedly debut in Thailand this July.
According to a report by Headlightmag, Honda Thailand is already preparing for the regional launch of the all-new Civic. Just like the outgoing model, the 11th-generation Civic will be locally produced at Honda's factory in Prachinburi.
Exact specifications have yet to be revealed for the Thai-spec Civic. However, it will reportedly only come with one engine option, the improved 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four. Why? The naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter mill has supposedly been discontinued for the Thai market. This means that the PH-spec Civic might not come with the 1.8-liter engine option either.
Replacing the old 1.8 will supposedly be the e:HEV version, which gets a 1.5-liter engine paired with an electric motor. It's unclear whether it's the same hybrid powertrain that is currently seeing use in the City e:HEV.
With Thailand (and Singapore) the first countries in the ASEAN region to get the all-new Civic, does this mean the Philippines is next in line to get the all-new model? Since HCPI does source most of its units from The Land of Smiles, the Philippine market could get the next-generation Civic in Q3 or Q4 of 2021.
With July just around the corner, we won't have to wait too long for the all-new Honda Civic to make its ASEAN debut. We're also keeping our fingers crossed for its swift arrival in the Philippines.