The all-new Honda Civic will soon arrive in the Philippines, and the automaker has confirmed its official launch date: November 23.
First unveiled in the United States earlier this year, and then finally making its way into its ASEAN hub in Thailand last August, the all-new Civic will come with Honda Sensing as standard equipment. This bundles radar-guided adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and also a lead-vehicle notification alert system. We highly commend Honda Cars Philippines for the move to equip all variants of the Civic with this suite of advanced driver-assistance tech.
You’ve probably seen the all-new Honda Civic numerous times already as it made its debut throughout the world, so expect it to look largely the same as what was launched in the United States. The only difference to our market will be the availability of a sporty RS variant. With that, we will have to take a look at what the Thai-market Civic looks like.
The Civic RS sets itself apart from its North American sibling with 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. Lower variants will come with smaller wheels more chrome detailing, though we expect LED headlights to be offered as standard on all variants.
While the exterior is evolutionary, the interior is a far different environment compared to its predecessor. The Civic is the first Honda to follow the brand’s “Simplicity and Something” interior design motif. This is characterized by a much more simplistic and easy-to-use layout, along with more premium materials such as genuine aluminum on the honeycomb air vents, more soft-touch plastics, and less gloss black trims.
For the Thai-market Civic RS, 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 a 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 in the Philippines, too. On the upside, the Civic RS does come with red LED interior ambient lighting.
Honda Cars Philippines also confirmed that the all-new Honda Civic will solely be powered by a 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.
The automaker also confirmed pricing for the all-new Civic, and it will range from P1.3 to 1.7 million. Three variants will be sold, and these are the following:
- Civic S Turbo CVT Honda Sensing
- Civic V Turbo CVT Honda Sensing
- Civic RS Turbo CVT Honda Sensing
All information about the turbocharged all-new Honda Civic will be revealed on November 23, so stay tuned to Go Flat Out PH to keep yourselves updated.