As you would already know, the new Honda Civic has been launched in Thailand. The first car to be made at Honda’s new plant in Prachin Buri, the tenth-gen Civic makes its Asean debut with two engines – 1.8 i-VTEC and 1.5 VTEC Turbo – and with prices ranging from 869,000 baht (RM100,800) to 1.19 million baht (RM139,100).

Unlike in the US, the base engine in Thailand is the familiar 1.8 litre NA engine with 141 hp and 174 Nm. New to our region is the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine that develops 173 hp and 220 Nm from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. Both engines are mated to a CVT gearbox, which replaces today’s five-speed auto.

On the outside, LED DRLs, LED tail lights and 16-inch alloys are standard across the board, with the 1.8 EL adding on fog lights and chrome door handles. The Turbo and Turbo RS get 17-inch wheels and dual exhausts, while the top RS boasts LED headlights, LED fog lights, a sportier front bumper and grille (gloss black bar connecting the headlights) and a rear spoiler.

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Inside, keyless entry and push start comes standard, along with Remote Engine Start which debuted on the Thai-market Accord facelift. Also fitted are auto air-con, multifunction steering wheel, electronic parking brake, a five-inch central display and Bluetooth.

The 1.8 EL adds cruise control, auto headlights, Walk Away Auto Lock, an eight-way powered driver’s seat, leather, a TFT LCD instrument display, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free, eight-speakers and a reverse camera.

Turbo variants get all the above plus auto wipers, four-way powered passenger’s seat and dual-zone climate control. The Turbo RS further nets one an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, steering wheel paddle shifters and alloy pedals.

Standard safety kit includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, VSA and Hill Start Assist. Only the Turbo RS gets side and curtain airbags (for six in total), a front passenger seat belt reminder and Honda LaneWatch. From reader Boon in Thailand, the showroom pics below are of the 1.8 EL.


GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic, Thai-spec