ASEAN region launch possible soon
With the debut of the tenth generation Civic in the US last September, the launch date for Honda's new compact is drawing nearer for the ASEAN region. A member from the Honda Accord Club in Thailand has spotted a camouflaged unit driving around the country, perhaps a sign that we might not have to wait much longer for its launch.
Its precense in the region suggests that production has begun in Honda's plant in Thailand. Even though the car was already fully revealed, the test unit masks some styling details such as its tail lights, rear trim and the Honda badges. Seen here in the test car is a spoiler and five spoke wheels, similar to those seen in the U.S model.
It is likely that the ASEAN spec 2016 Civic will receiive minimal changes from the U.S model, but equipment and specification levels may vary from one country to another. One thing the ASEAN models may lose however are the amber corner reflectors which is typical of cars sold in North America.
It is also unknown if the ASEAN market will get the 1.5 liter turbocharged VTEC engine. If so, it will be the first time Honda will be offering a turbocharged gas engine for the Civic in our region. This particular engine produces 176 PS and 220 Nm of torque. In the US, Honda still offers a naturally aspirated engine, now with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC). The 2.0 liter inline four puts out 158 PS and 187 Nm of torque.