This is a car we have been tracking since August 2020. We first saw spy photos of it nearly a year ago, and patent photos followed soon after. The manufacturer of this popular model unveiled a prototype late last year, and they even showed the first photo of its production version a few weeks ago. We are, of course, talking about the eleventh-generation Honda Civic.
A lot has happened since the initial photos and leaks, but Honda is finally rolling out the specs of one of their most important models. But before we dive into the matter, note that these are specifications for the North American version. Of course, that doesn't mean what we might get here will be nothing like the one offered over there.
North American Honda Civics come with two engine options. The base engine is a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated engine that's good for 158 PS and 187 Nm of torque. The second engine option is one that many are familiar with by this time. It is, of course, the turbocharged 1.5-liter i-VTEC mill and it makes 180 PS and 240 Nm of torque. There is only one transmission choice for now, and it's a CVT.
The 2022 Civic offers a wide selection of variants. At the top of the line-up is the Touring, and you can think of it as the RS for the U.S. It sports LED headlights, two-tone alloy wheels shod in low-profile tires, black highlights, some splashes of chrome, and a sunroof. We can expect the ASEAN-spec Civic RS to get some inspiration from the Touring. The EX serves as the mid-spec variants of the all-new Civic and its equivalent would be the E for the Southeast Asian market. Below that is the Sport, and it's the most aggressive-looking out of the bunch with blacked-out trim and sporty-looking twin 5-spoke wheels. As for the entry-level version, it's badged as the LX in North America.
Inside, the all-new Civic has a significantly different look from the outgoing model. Johnathan Norman, Creative Lead for Honda Interior Design, calls the new philosophy, the “Simplicity and Something” concept. It's Honda's way of minimizing clutter around the dashboard while keeping often-used switches within easy reach. It also draws some inspiration from the recently launched HR-V. And for technophiles, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard from the base model, all the way to the range-topper. However, only the Touring gets the larger 9-inch screen. The rest of the variants settle for a smaller 7-inch infotainment unit.
Honda opted for the floating screen look, and the dashboard is flatter compared to its predecessor. The air-conditioning vents are slimmer, and so are the climate control panels. They also redesigned the digital instrument cluster, and we expect that in future Honda models. Most variants come with Honda Sensing, the automaker's comprehensive active safety package. It includes features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, just to name a few.
The best part is, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) president Masahiko Nakamura confirmed that the all-new Civic is coming here this year. We're expecting it around the third or fourth quarter of 2021. By that time, we will know what the ASEAN-spec versions have to offer.