It was only several weeks ago when Honda officially took the covers off the 11th-generation Civic. The all-new sedan received a ground-up redesign, along with new technologies.
Honda Cars Philippines Inc (HCPI) president Masahiko Nakamura has already confirmed it will be arriving later this year. At the time, there was no mention of a launch date, but at least we know it's coming this year according to HCPI's boss. However, it looks like one of our ASEAN neighbors will be the first one to get their hands on the all-new Civic.
That neighbor is Singapore, and the automaker has already dropped a teaser image of the upcoming sedan. Based on the picture provided, the Singaporean-spec Civic will look similar to that of the one first revealed in North America. It gets a distinct front grille, eye-catching LED headlights, a sporty front bumper, and unique foglight bezels. There are no rear photos yet, but the look is likely similar to the one launched across the Pacific.
Aside from showing a teaser image, the company is now accepting orders from interested customers. That could mean that Honda is already gauging how many units they'll need to bring to Singapore.
Other details about the all-new Civic bound for Singapore remain a mystery. Given Singapore's vehicle tax system (the infamous COE), it might be different from the ones in North America. The outgoing model had a 1.6-liter for a base engine, so it might be the same for the incoming version. That said, the 1.5-liter turbocharged i-VTEC engine was also available for it. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) might be the sole transmission option for the four-door.
With Honda Singapore already releasing a teaser image, we might only be months away from seeing the all-new Honda Civic reach the ASEAN market. But where will Singapore actually source the Civic? Our best guess is that Singapore actually gets its units from Japan since they also have the all-new Jazz in their lineup.