ASEAN-spec Honda Civic could have 1.5-liter turbo engine only
Here’s some good news for those waiting for the all-new Honda Civic. It’s coming to the ASEAN market next month. That means it won’t be too long now before the 11th-generation Civic officially arrives in the Philippines.
Honda Thailand has announced that the new Civic will debut in the land of smiles on August 6, 2021. So far, specs and details about the Thailand-spec model have yet to be revealed. Frankly, we’re not sure if they’ll be revealing the new Civic in the form sedan or the hatchback. If we’re lucky, it might be both at the same time. However, it's likely only the former will be available in the Philippines.
Expect the same styling of the North American Civic to be carried over into the Thailand/ASEAN model. With that, it’ll receive a new front fascia with sleek LED headlights and a more aggressive-looking bumper. The RS model will likely resemble the Touring variant offered in the US, and it comes with sportier two-tone wheels and black accents. Meanwhile, the standard E variant could get more chrome bit and a more “mature” look.
It’s the same story inside the cabin. The ASEAN-spec Civic will likely carry over the interior's new “Simplicity and Something” ethos. With that, we can expect a very minimalist cabin and properly placed knobs on the center console. A large infotainment screen will dominate the center of the dashboard.
The big question, however, would be the engine. In North America, the 11th generation Civic is available with both a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated mill and a 1.5-liter turbo motor. According to HeadlightMag, however, the new Civic offered in Thailand will be powered solely by the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.
Meanwhile, the 1.8-liter R18 motor, which has been used since the FD-generation Civic, has supposedly been dropped from the lineup. In place of the 1.8-liter motor, a hybrid powertrain could be offered down the line. As for transmissions, the sole gearbox option will be a CVT. That's unless Honda decides to start offering the sportier Civic hatchback here.
If the report is true, then it’s likely the same case for the Philippines. That’s unless they happen to have another naturally aspirated mill that will be offered in the Civic. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long to find out. Following its Thailand debut next month, the new Civic will be making its way to the country. Honda Cars Philippines has already confirmed its arrival this year as early as February 2021.