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After Thailand, Indonesia is the next ASEAN country to get the new Honda Civic, and the sedan was unveiled this afternoon at the 2016 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS). But unlike in the Land of Smiles, the 10th generation Civic is available here in a single variant, the 1.5L Turbo. There’s no starter 1.8L NA model.

The Civic Turbo is powered by a 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine with 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. The Euro 4 DOHC 16-valve four-pot is mated to an Earth Dreams Technology CVT automatic gearbox with steering paddles. The all-independant suspension (front MacPherson struts, rear multi-links) is attached to 17-inch two-tone rims with 215/50 rubber, as seen in Bangkok.

One difference is the visible twin tailpipes of the Indonesian-spec Civic Turbo. There’s no actual change in the exhaust system and layout – the pipes were designed to be not visible – and PT Honda Prospect Motor merely tacked on stepped mufflers for a “sportier” look.

Also, instead of the “RS” badge used in Thailand, the Indonesian Civic sports a “VTEC Turbo” emblem on the bootlid. The optional Modulo rear wing seen here is shorter and more subtle than the raised, full-length Thai RS item. No black grille too.

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The Civic Turbo here comes standard with LED headlamps and LED daytime running lamps, single-zone auto air con (dual in Thailand), eight-way powered driver’s seat (plus four-way powered passenger seat in Thailand), remote engine start, auto lights and wipers, keyless entry and push start, reverse camera, cruise control, electronic parking brake and six airbags, among other things.

The touchscreen head unit, while also measuring seven inches wide, differs from the factory Honda unit seen in Thai Civics. It’s an Android-based system with MirrorLink connection to smartphones. The system also has USB, HDMI and Bluetooth connectivity, plus navigation. Unlike the factory HU, the screen here is centralised with buttons on each side.

Available in five colours and an all-black interior, the new Honda Civic Turbo is priced at Rp. 475 million (RM141,502) in Indonesia. Modulo accessories, including the bodykit seen here, are available. The next ASEAN stop surely has to be Malaysia.


GALLERY: Honda Civic Turbo RS at the 2016 Bangkok Motor Show