Available with either 1.5-liter turbocharged or 1.8-liter engine
Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) launched on April 26 the all-new Civic at the Makati Shangri-La in Makati City that signals the intent of the company to be one of the top players in the compact car segment.
“Generations after generations, the development of the Civic established Honda’s image as an industry shaker and a strong player in the Philippine automotive industry,” said HCPI president and General Manager Toshio Kuwahara in a speech. “And now, I stand before you to introduce the next-generation Civic that will certainly allow us to cater to more customers and car enthusiasts. The premium sports sedan designed to exceed expectations with its modern sporty look, powerful performance and class-leading technologies.”
HCPI Sales Division General Manager Marco Medina said deliveries will start June 2016.
First-ever turbo VTEC
The biggest news for the new Civic is under the hood. The company said in a statement that the model features the first turbocharged VTEC engine available in the Philippines, which is a 1.5-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve inline-four in the top-specification RS Turbo that produces 171 horsepower and 220 Newton-meters of torque.
In addition, the company said the 1.8-liter, single-cam, 16-valve inline-four from the previous-generation Civic has been carried over to the entry-level 1.8 E and produces 139 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission, although only the RS Turbo gets paddle shifters.
Longer, sleeker form
Those engines reside under a substantially longer hood that features prominent haunches on either end, which lead to the large front grill (chrome for the 1.8 E and gloss black for the RS Turbo) flanked by the pointed LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. Lower down are large bumper openings and black trim around the fog lights (halogen for the 1.8 E and LED for the RS Turbo).
Down the side, it is noticeable how much lower and longer the new Civic is, almost reminiscent of the profiles of the EG and EK Civics from the 1990s. Indeed, the numbers show that this new model – at 4,633 millimeters long, 1,799 millimeters wide, 1,416 millimeters tall and with a 2,700 millimeters wheelbase – is 108 millimeters longer, 44 millimeters wider, 14 millimeters shorter and gets 30 millimeters more wheelbase than its predecessor. In addition, the new Civic gets 16-inch alloy wheels for the 1.8 E and 17-inch alloy wheels for the RS Turbo.
However, the rear is reminiscent of the previous-generation model, particularly the shape of the LED taillights. But changes like the lower rear bumper with a faux diffuser and vents add a sportier look to the new Civic. On top of this, the RS Turbo also gets a small rear wing.
Roomy, gadget-laden interior
Behind the wheel, the driving position is almost like being in a sports car (although the long wheelbase means there is a lot of legroom for everyone inside). Adding to this feeling is the wraparound-style dashboard and the huge, full-color TFT gauge cluster that replaces the two-level arrangement in the previous car.
To the right, the center console features a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with GPS navigation for the RS Turbo) that also displays part of the climate-control system (dual-zone for the RS Turbo) and the reversing camera with guidelines. The system can also be controlled by electrostatic controls on the steering wheel. Below the gear knob are buttons for the standard electric parking brake, the ECON mode (which sets the throttle, air-con and transmission to maximize fuel economy), and the Auto Brake Hold (which keeps the brakes engaged even without your foot on the brake pedal).
Both Civic variants also come standard with 60:40 split-folding rear seats, cruise control, a push-start button and remote engine starting. Safety-wise, the new model gets anti-lock brakes, three-point seatbelts for all passengers, driver and passenger airbags (along with front-side and curtain airbags for the RS Turbo), Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist and ISOFIX child-seat mountings as standard. The company also said accessories from its Modulo line will also be available for the new Civic.
The 1.8 E costs P1.088 million, while the RS Turbo costs P1.398 million.