Honda Civic facelift launched in Thailand – 4 variants, 1.8L NA and 1.5L turbo, Honda Sensing introduced

Honda Civic facelift launched in Thailand – 4 variants, 1.8L NA and 1.5L turbo, Honda Sensing introduced

The Honda Civic facelift has been officially launched in Thailand, a few months after the refreshed FC-generation model first made its global debut in the United States. Aside from aesthetic improvements, the facelift also sees some changes to the equipment list across the model line-up.

In Thailand, the Civic sedan is offered in four variants – 1.8 E, 1.8 EL, 1.5 Turbo and 1.5 Turbo RS – with prices ranging from 874,000 baht to 1,219,000 baht. A CVT is the only transmission option here, and it is paired to one of two petrol engines. The first is a 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine that makes 141 hp at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm, while the other is a 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo four-pot with 173 hp at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm from 1,700-5,500 rpm.

Exterior updates include a new front bumper where the lower apron now sports a one-piece look instead of three. Depending on the variant, the “wing” on the grille as well as the garnish near the fog lamps are finished in either chrome or piano black.

Honda Civic facelift launched in Thailand – 4 variants, 1.8L NA and 1.5L turbo, Honda Sensing introduced

Around back, there’s a new chrome trim piece on the lower rear bumper, while along the sides, new wheel designs have been introduced. Variants with the VTEC Turbo mill get 17-inch alloy wheels, and the rest come with 16-inch units instead. The interior is unchanged in terms of look and layout from before.

In term of equipment revisions, the most significant is the addition of the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assist systems (only available for the 1.5 Turbo RS). These include the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keep Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning and Auto High Beam.

All variants get Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), ABS, EBD, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), a rearview camera and four airbags by default. However, only the 1.8 EL and 1.5 Turbo RS get two additional airbags and Honda LaneWatch camera system that supplements side mirrors.

Honda Civic facelift launched in Thailand – 4 variants, 1.8L NA and 1.5L turbo, Honda Sensing introduced

A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system is found on all variants, save for the entry-level 1.8 E that gets a five-inch unit only. The top-spec 1.5 Turbo RS’ system benefits from navigation functionality and eight speakers, with the latter being fitted on the 1.5 Turbo and 1.8 EL variants as well (six speakers for the 1.8 E).

As for other equipment available there is keyless entry and start, automatic air-conditioning, eight-way powered driver’s seat (except the 1.8 E), four-way powered passenger seat (Turbo and Turbo RS only), leather upholstery (except the 1.8 E), LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and projector headlamps (Turbo RS gets LEDs). The Turbo RS gets dedicated badging on the front grille along with a sporty rear wing.

Customers will get to choose from five exterior colours – Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl – with the first two being new additions. The cabin comes in two colours – beige and black – depending on the exterior colour selected.

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Comments

  • Ah meng on Nov 29, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Civic hatchback 1.5 turbo please!

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  • John Minum Teh 8X on Nov 29, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Wow, everything also, all car companies launch in Thailand. Cause they view Thailand as a progressive and condusive market.

    I wonder why they never launch new facelifts in Malaysia anymore.

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  • John Minum Teh 8X on Nov 29, 2018 at 10:55 am

    This is so high spec, I rather buy this than Geely X70 despite this being a car and Geely X70 being a SUV

    I don’t mind sacrificing my dream to own a SUV so long as I get a good and reliable Japanese brand

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    • notakata on Nov 30, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Jepunis airbags can kill not save lives

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Nov 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Your ageing back & knees will be aching every time you get out of this low centre of gravity car. I nearly bought this car but have to consider my 75 year old parents, who won’t be comfortable going in & out of this Civic.

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  • Abdul Halim on Nov 29, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Habis lah basher john, today sure MC. Tak ada modal lagi nak bash Jepunis overlord cars.

    This car will wipe out the whole Proton range….Preve, Suprima and Accordana

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  • Sathia on Nov 29, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Honda cars are good but pity quality in Malaysia not so good because assembled by GLC DRB. Anything made by GLC…you know lah. Half the time workers are alseep in the factory….so QC also go down

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  • Dylan Ch'ng on Nov 29, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Is paultan.org not covering the Bangkok motor show this year?

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Nov 30, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      They did, back in April 2018 https://paultan.org/topics/special/2018-bangkok-motor-show/

      This is Thailand International Motor Expo.

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  • bieight on Nov 29, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Malaysia spec need to replace the 1.8 with 1.0t in order to get the fuel subsidy

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  • zamer on Nov 29, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Same!!
    Should not call it facelift..Updates only.

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  • meanwhile in malaysia, honda can’t even launch their hr-v facelift which they TEASED SINCE JULY

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  • first on Nov 29, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    first

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  • Toyota moving backwards until john laugh on Nov 29, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Habisla Altis, this Civic is getting better

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  • lilytan on Nov 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    In thailand, toyota is the king. In Malaysia, its honda. Despite that, thai honda models are always better than malaysia. What a shame. Better stick to proton.

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  • benzs on Nov 29, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Not much being change. Very minor FL.

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  • myvifan on Nov 29, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Myvi even no turbo can smoke this

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  • Joseph T on Nov 29, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    The one-piece look front bumper makes the front seems more flat and the garnish near the fog lamps is not attractive. Still prefer the current front bumper, looks perfect even without changes.
    Additional chrome trim on the lower rear bumper is good.

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  • ManUniversal on Nov 29, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Doesn’t look any better than the current design! Why need the facelift then?

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  • Ah meng on Nov 30, 2018 at 7:52 am

    1.8 sure tak laku. No subsidy. Same to 1.6l campro Proton model. Sure tak laku. Lim guan eng kills Proton silently..

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  • Ah meng on Nov 30, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Buy civic 1.5turbo better than suprima s 1.6turbo. Get petrol subsidy below 1.5liter engine.

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  • Ben Yap on Dec 04, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    this car is made to compete with BMW 3 series and Audi A4.

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  • same price why cannot choice Mercedes A Class

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  • same price with recon Mercedes A class

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  • Ah Hong on Dec 15, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    When malaysia going to have this? Cash ready

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  • Love_Rhapsody on Jan 22, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Any rumors for 2019 Civic FC Facelift for malaysian market?

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  • lim chengsiong on Feb 12, 2019 at 2:40 am

    may I know when will coming in Malaysia?

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  • kric Lim on Mar 13, 2019 at 5:21 am

    GeneSL how u know is April will coming in malaysia?i already booking long time lol

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  • Kric Lim on Mar 17, 2019 at 5:43 am

    india is already launching, when Malaysia will launching

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  • mages on Mar 19, 2019 at 11:55 am

    alreday booking long time in malaysia,when launching in malaysia ?

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  • mages on Mar 19, 2019 at 11:56 am

    alreday booking long time in malaysia,when launching in malaysia

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  • mages on Mar 19, 2019 at 11:58 am

    sure april ?

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  • kric lim on Mar 19, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    civic civic civic when come to malaysia

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  • Mishra on Mar 26, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    1.5L turbo is Auto or manual?

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  • Kric Lim on Apr 03, 2019 at 1:54 am

    now already 3/4/2019 still don’t have any Honda civic news?

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  • Used to like Civic on Nov 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Image tarnished by Ah Bengs. No thanks.

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