Honda Civic Hatchback to make regional debut next month
Back in August 2016, Honda displayed the Civic Hatchback Prototype during that year's Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. Honda then subsequently revealed the production model a few hours later. This time around, it's the ASEAN region's turn to see the Civic Hatchback in production guise.
The first ASEAN country to get Civic Hatchback will be Thailand and will be built there as well. Honda Cars Thailand has just revealed a preview image for the five-door Civic, indicating that its regional launch is drawing nearer.
While only the rear section of the car is seen, it is likely that the ASEAN-spec Civic Hatchback's looks will be largely carried over from the Euro-spec models. From the front to the middle section of the car, it is similar to the sedan with its 'Solid Wing Face' fascia. Towards the rear, it gets a unique rear door treatment, featuring an upward kink and a faux third window. The C-shaped tail lights are carried over from the sedan plus an integrated rear spoiler on the tailgate.
As for its powertrain, official specifications have yet to be revealed but, based on the Thai-built models (where Philippine models come from), it is possible that these will be carried over from the sedan. The range starts with the Earth Dreams 1.8 liter engine with 141 PS and 174 Nm of torque. Top of the line models get a 1.5 liter turbo mill with 172 PS and 220 Nm of torque.
While Civic Hatchbacks have been sold in the ASEAN region before, the Philippines has not had this body style since the mid-90's. With the tenth-generation hatchback being built closer to home, there might be a possibility that we may get a five-door Civic again. At the moment however, there is no official word from Honda Cars Philippines.
UPDATE: An insider who wished anonymity shared to us that the new Honda Civic Hatchback is not being considered for the Philippine market.