The entry-level Civic 1.8 E has been given a mild update for 2017 after Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) recently revealed an upgraded version of the sedan. According to the company, the new features aim to provide better convenience and improve ownership experience through added safety.

For starters, the Civic 1.8 E now comes with speed-sensing auto door locks that bolt the doors when the car reaches 15 km/h. In addition, the sedan now also comes with power folding side mirrors and remote engine start. Aside from allowing drivers to start up the engine from a distance, the remote engine start also turns on the automatic climate control which can cool the cabin for the occupants.

For added security, Honda also included a walk-away Auto Lock feature. This automatically locks all the doors after the system senses that the smart key is approximately more than 2.5 meters away.

Other features like the tablet-inspired infotainment system with wi-fi hotspot, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay, auto-brake hold, Eco button and electronic parking brake have been retained in the 2017 Civic.

Under the hood sits the 1.8-liter R18Z1 inline-four that is married to an Earth Dreams-developed continuously variable transmission (CVT). The motor produces 141 PS at 6500 rpm along with 174 Nm of torque at 4300 rpm.

Available colors for the 2017 Honda Civic 1.8 E are the following: Cosmic Blue Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Midnight Burgundy Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and White Orchid Pearl (+ PhP 20,000).

Pricing for the upgraded Honda Civic 1.8 E are as follows:

Civic 1.8 E CVT – PhP 1,103,000

Civic 1.8 E CVT Modulo – PhP 1,158,000