It might have taken some time, but the all-new Honda Civic is now in Southeast Asia. Following its regional debut in Thailand, it won't be long before the 11th generation Civic makes its way to the Philippines. Honda Cars Philippines Inc (HCPI) has confirmed that it will be arriving later this year.
Featuring an all-new look inside and out, the 11th generation Civic looks different compared to its predecessor. With its long hood, sleek LED headlights, redesigned taillights, and (slightly) more upright roofline, we can't help but think it looks like a downsized Accord. But just how different does the new Civic look compared to the 10th generation model?
Starting with the front end, the new Civic gets a new pair of LED headlights, a simpler-looking grille, and a restyled front bumper complete with a larger lower air intake and smaller foglights.
At the rear, and the all-new Civic loses its C-shaped taillights. Replacing them are new inverted L-shaped units that give the sedan a more mature look. The rear bumper has been updated too and is no longer as sporty compared to the outgoing model. Depending on the variant, the new Civic also gets a redesigned trunk lid spoiler.
Overall, the all-new Civic now looks like a miniature Accord. It may be a segment smaller compared to its bigger brother, but the overall styling direction of the new Civic reflects that of its midsize sibling.
But perhaps the biggest change is the Civic's interior. The new-generation model uses Honda's 'Simplicity and Something' design ethos. As a result, the cabin of the latest Civic adopts a minimalist design and has fewer physical buttons. The aircon vents are now tucked away behind a dashboard grille, while the touchscreen system now stands freely on the center of the dashboard.
Then there's the automatic climate control which can now be controlled via a set of dials. Below that is a redesigned center stack that gets USB ports, a 12V charging socket, and a wireless charging pad that's available on certain models. Last but not least are the new digital instrument panel and the revised steering wheel.
With the all-new Civic getting a makeover inside and out, it seems Honda decided to make the new generation have a more upmarket design. While we will miss the sporty looks of the outgoing 10th generation, the Accord-like design of the 11th generation Civic works too.
Hopefully Honda Cars Philippines can launch the all-new Honda Civic soon and without delays. We can't wait to see how it looks in person compared to photos on the internet.