A report from Indonesia suggests that our neighbours could soon get their 2016 Honda Civic served with a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine. A source from within Honda Indonesia confirmed the news to Otomotif Kompas at a recent event in Bali.
According to the Indonesian publication, Jonfis Fandy, director of marketing and after sales for Honda Indonesia confirmed that the Civic and its 1.5 litre turbo engine is currently being tested in the country. The new 10th-gen Civic is expected to be launched in Indonesia some time this year, turbo engine in tow.
As available in the US, the 1.5 litre turbocharged engine delivers 174 hp at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm. A 2.0 litre, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder engine is also available, offering 158 hp and 187 Nm of torque. Both mills are paired with an updated CVT automatic transmission.
The new Civic has also been spied in Thailand recently, and we expect Honda Malaysia to launch the model this year as well. However, news of Indonesia getting the 1.5 turbo engine does contradict what Honda R&D chief, Keiji Ohtsu, said earlier about the improbability of it being offered in Asian markets – somewhat opening the doors for us too.
“Depending on the market and region, but particularly in Asia and other emerging markets, we will continue offering our naturally-aspirated line-up, which tends to be less costly. In South East Asia, we will supply our current lineup of naturally-aspirated engines,” claimed Ohtsu, in our previous report of him outlining Honda’s future plans.
Could the doors still be open for a 10th-gen Honda Civic 1.5 turbo in Malaysia? Fingers crossed, then.