2016 Honda Civic in showroom 4

After several sightings of the 2016 Honda Civic on trailers in Malaysia, dealers have now gotten their hands on the tenth-generation model. We now have images of the new Civic following its arrival in Malaysian showrooms.

For buyers, it appears that there will indeed be three variants on offer – a base 1.8, mid-spec 1.5 Turbo and top-spec 1.5 Turbo Premium. How do you tell them apart? Well, based on the lead image above, the car painted White Orchid Pearl should be the top-spec 1.5 Turbo Premium. The full LED headlamps (with LED DRLs), LED fog lamps and chrome door handles are obvious giveaways.

Moving on, the middle car in Dark Red Ruby Pearl is likely the mid-spec 1.5 Turbo. Although it shares the same 17-inch five-spoke, two-tone alloy wheels as the Premium, the middle variant gets halogen projectors instead of LED units, and the door handles follow the body colour instead. Both Turbo models are powered by a new 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo mill that produces 173 PS at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm, with a CVT paired to it.

2016 Honda Civic in showroom 9

Finally, the Civic on the far right, wearing a Modern Steel Metallic paintjob ought to be the base variant featuring the familiar 1.8 litre i-VTEC naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine making 141 PS at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, also with a CVT mated. It shares the same halogen projectors as the 1.5 Turbo, but comes fitted with wheels that sport a shuriken-style design instead.

Interior-wise, we are only provided a view of the 1.5 Turbo Premium’s cabin. Items that should be exclusive to the top-spec variant include dual-zone air-conditioning, evident by the ‘Climate’ button located just below the seven-inch touchscreen, and nicer trim materials. As you can see, a multi-function steering wheel, a digital instrument panel, push-start, electronic parking brake (with auto brake hold) and Eco button are part of the equipment list here.

Of course, we’ll have to wait until the official launch of the 2016 Honda Civic on June 9 before any specifications can be confirmed. For now, things that are a certain include six airbags and eight-way powered seat, which comes standard on all variants. As for pricing, the Civic range is expected to be priced from RM118k to RM135k, according to dealers. Thoughts?