Honda Civic tenth gen spied Thailand 1

The 2016 Honda Civic has been spotted making its rounds in Thailand again. This time, we’re treated to an up close view of the C-segment sedan thanks to the Honda Civic X Thailand Facebook group. As you can see, there are a lot of “X” decals all over the tenth-gen model, which is pretty apt, don’t you think?

Previous sightings of the Civic in January 2016 and November 2015 reveal a silver-coloured Civic donning light camo. That appears to be remain unchanged here as well, with the car’s badging, tail- and headlights, taped off. The side profile view does appear to confirm that five-spoke alloys and a rear spoiler will be part of the Civic’s kit list for the Thailand market.

According to the source, the car seen here sports LED headlights, side mirror indicators and more importantly, is powered by Honda’s new 1.5 litre turbo engine, with a CVT partnered to it. On the US-spec Civic, the mill generates 174 hp at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm.

Honda Civic tenth gen spied Thailand 2

Additionally, a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated DOHC four-cylinder engine (158 hp at 6,500 rpm and 187 Nm at 4,200 rpm) will be available there as well. However, there’s no certainty that the Civics destined for the South East Asian markets will all benefit from the new turbocharged engines, as Honda’s R&D chief Keiji Ohtsu said recently.

We’ll have to wait for more details to come from Thailand once the tenth-gen Honda Civic is launched there, before we can validate Ohtsu-san’s claims. Nonetheless, “The Best Ever” Civic has been thoroughly worked on by Honda to excel in many aspects, even so far as to benchmark it against the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.

Of course, the Civic also has to contend with more traditional rivals like the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Cerato, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta. We’ve already had a deep dive into the new Civic, which you can check out here. What features would you want most in the all-new Honda Civic once it makes its launch debut in Malaysia?

GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic US-spec