The 2022 Honda Civic has finally reached the ASEAN region through the company’s regional hub in Thailand. Since almost the entire Honda Cars Philippines lineup comes from Thailand, there’s a high chance that its local launch is coming soon rather than later, most likely before the end of 2021.
As expected, the all-new Civic looks largely the same as what was launched in the United States, though the availability of a sporty RS variant in our region makes it look more aggressive than its North American sibling. Some of its differences include the addition of gloss black door handles, mirrors, and window surrounds, smoked LED headlights and LED taillights, blacked-out 17-inch wheels, and a sportier rear bumper with dual integrated exhaust pipes.
As for the interior, it also remains largely the same as what we first saw when it first debuted. For the RS variant, a 9-inch touch screen infotainment system and a 10.2-inch fully-digital gauge cluster come as standard, while lower variants only come with a 7-inch part-digital instrument cluster and 7-inch touch screen. Unfortunately, the 12-speaker Bose sound system from the North American and Japanese Civic did not make it into the Thai-market Civic, so it’s safe to say this also won’t be available for the Philippine-market Civic. On the upside, the Civic RS does come with LED ambient lighting.
For the Thai market, the 2022 Civic ditches the 1.8-liter i-VTEC non-turbo engine in favor of just the 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo gasoline engine. Just like the North American model, power has been upgraded to 178 hp (though this is 2 hp lower than the North American model) and 240 Nm of torque (+20 Nm). Your only transmission choice is a CVT. Will this also be the case for the Philippine market? Only time will tell.
The Thai-market 2022 Honda Civic also comes as standard with Honda Sensing, which combines full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. New for the 2022 Civic is lead vehicle notification alert, which is similar to Subaru EyeSight’s Lead Vehicle Start Alert feature that notifies the driver if the vehicle in front has already moved ahead.
The 2022 Honda Civic is now on sale in Thailand, while a Philippine launch is expected to happen before the year ends.