Honda Civic 220Turbo China-5

The Honda Civic has landed in China and it is making its official debut at the Shanghai Expo Centre. Called the Civic 220Turbo, there are a total of four variants available in China. Prices range from 129,900 yuan to 169,900 yuan (RM77,580 to RM101,636).

Features that come with the tenth-generation Civic in China include headlamps, daytime running lights and taillamps all in LED. Meanwhile, the interior comes complete with a multi-function steering wheel, sports seats and an intelligent multi-function LCD instrument cluster. The headunit also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Save for the base model, all variants get Honda Connect as standard.

Only one engine is available for the Chinese-market Civic for now – the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo unit which produces 174 hp from 6,000 rpm and 220 Nm from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm and will go from 0-100 km/h in 8.6 seconds. As for transmissions, the Civic can be specified with a six-speed manual gearbox (the first market to pair a row-your-own transmission to the turbo mill) or a CVT.

Further down the line, the range is slated to be expanded with a 180Turbo model and it is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2016, it is said. Here, the Civic will be offered with the new 1.0 litre three-cylinder unit that produces 127 hp and 200 Nm of torque.

As for safety, the Chinese-market Civic is equipped as standard with six airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability assist (VSA) and emergency stop signal (ESS). Moving up the range, the Civic gets optional Honda Sensing tech, which include adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow (LSF), collision mitigation braking system, Honda LaneWatch, lane keeping assist and road departure mitigation (RDM).