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The tenth-generation Honda Civic is certainly one of the most talked about cars in the world now. Initially unveiled in the US in September 2015, the C-segment car has now been spotted a little closer to home, in neighbouring Thailand. The sole image from the Honda Accord Club Thailand Facebook page only shows us the Civic’s rear.

Seen in its sedan body style, the Honda Civic receives minimal amounts of camouflage to hide its identity, namely on the badges and the Honda logo. However, it doesn’t take a keen eye to spot that this is in fact the four-door sedan Civic. Prominent details on this test car include a trunk spoiler and five-spoke alloy wheels.

This sighting strongly suggests that the model coming to the ASEAN region, which includes Malaysia, will be identical to that revealed in the US. The previous car had differing looks for the US and Malaysian markets. However, the final specifications will certainly differ from country to country. Therefore, what you see here may or may not defer from our local-spec model.

On the US-spec Honda Civic, two petrol engine options are provided, including a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated DOHC four-cylinder engine (158 hp at 6,500 rpm and 187 Nm at 4,200 rpm), and a 1.5 turbocharged mill that dishes out 174 hp at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm.

Under the metal, the car’s body is now more rigid but lighter as well. Honda even claims that the Civic offers best in class handling, capable of competing against the league of European premium sedans. The Europeans are also used as benchmarks when calibrating the car’s NVH levels as well.

Inside, the cabin of the all-new Civic gets a thorough work over with an automatic climate control system, electronic parking brake with Brake Hold, a seven-inch HD touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and a larger centre console that boasts 7.2 litres of secure storage capacity.

Honda of Canada Mfg (HCM) in Alliston, Ontario is the first plant in the world to start production of the new Civic, where it will also be responsible for developing the manufacturing processes and technologies that will form the manufacturing base for the Civic’s production at all 11 Honda plants worldwide. However, it is yet unknown if the Civic will be a locally-assembled model (CKD) here.

How many of you are eagerly awaiting for the arrival of the tenth-generation Honda Civic in Malaysia? What features or specifications are you expecting to be offered in our local-spec model? Let us know in the comments below.

GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic US-spec