From L-R: Top Civic Turbo RS, base Civic 1.8 E

The new Honda Civic is not making its Thai debut at the 2016 Bangkok Motor Show – which starts today for the press – having been launched in the Kingdom earlier this month. But that does not detract from the tenth-gen Civic’s position as the most significant new car at Impact Muang Thong Thani.

The 2016 Civic is available here in four variants, and three are represented on the show floor, plus a Modulo-kitted car we’ll show you later. Unlike in the US, the base engine for Asean is the familiar 1.8 litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated engine with 141 hp and 174 Nm. New to our region is the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo unit that develops 173 hp and 220 Nm from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. Both are mated to a CVT gearbox, which replaces the five-speed auto.

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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 (not at the show) and Turbo RS get 17-inch wheels and dual exhausts (which are hidden from view, by the way), 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.

Inside, keyless entry and push start comes standard on the base 1.8 E, 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. Beige fabric seats with a grey centre stripe, too.

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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. Honda has also developed a range of Modulo accessories for the Civic, which you can view in detail here.

From L-R: Top Civic Turbo RS, base Civic 1.8 E

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. Prices range from 869,000 baht (RM100,669) to 1.19 million baht (RM137,862). Coming to Malaysia this year, as hinted at by Honda Malaysia earlier this month.

Recently, reports from Australia mentioned that the hatchback version of this Civic – which is yet to surface in production form – will also be made in Thailand, raising the possibility of the five-door hatch being introduced in Malaysia. The new bodystyle was previewed by the Civic Hatchback Prototype at this year’s Geneva show, and we’ve also seen patent filing images of the car.


GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic Turbo RS


GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic 1.8 EL

GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic 1.8 E

GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic with Modulo accessories