HONDA Cars Phils. Inc. (HCPI) recently brought out a sportier version of its Civic, which has improved values, promises spirited driving, is equipped with advanced technologies and has premium styling. The car follows the introduction of the all-new Honda Accord in January and the new-gen City in April.
The new Civic is available with two power plant options; the 2.0-liter and 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC engines, both of which are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0 liter makes 153hp at 6,500rpm while the 1.8 liter produces 139hp at 5,500rpm. Three variants of the latest Civic are available; the 1.8 S, 1.8 E Modulo and 2.0 EL Mugen. The latter two variants are equipped with Modulo and Mugen aero kits.
HCPI President and General Manager Toshio Kuwahara said that the new Civic embodies “a complete package that offers spirited driving performance and technologically advanced features that are encased in sportier styling.”
“Ever committed to creating new values to meet the dynamic needs of our valued customers, we at Honda have worked hard to improve our products. With our strengthened partnership with M-TEC Co. Ltd, known for its Mugen accessories, and Honda Access Asia and Oceania Co. Ltd, makers of Modulo accessories, which are designed and developed in parallel with the development of Honda vehicles, we are pleased to present to you, the new Civic packaged with factory-installed genuine accessories carefully chosen and designed to match the Civic’s monoform body,” the HCPI chief said.
The latest Civic has a refreshed exterior marked by add-on accessories. The 2.0 EL Mugen variant has a sports grille, under-spoilers in front, side and in the rear, a wing-type trunk spoiler and a Mugen emblem. The 1.8 E Modulo variant has the same aero kit and badge but are made by Modulo, and a new honeycomb grille with a single chromed bar accent that it shares with the base 1.8 S variant.
The two top Civics have been fitted with fog lamps, chrome door handles and power-retractable side mirrors with integrated signal lights.
Giving the 1.8 E Modulo a sportier look are 16-inch wheels. The 2.0 EL Mugen receives 17-inch, three-dimensional, multi-spoke alloys.
Inside the cars, added is a new audio system with a seven-inch, touch-screen display that’s meant to “radiate a premium feel.” The unit is fitted with hands-free telephone and audio streaming capability via Bluetooth connectivity.
For its safety features, the new Civic is fitted with driver and passenger SRS airbags and anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution.
Safety features for the 2.0 EL Mugen include side airbags, side curtain airbags, vehicle stability assist, child-seat anchors and driver and front passenger seatbelt reminder. Because of these, the car was awarded with five stars by the Asean New Car Assessment Program.
Both new Civic variants are also equipped with a reverse camera that is capable of displaying three views (normal, wide and top down).
HCPI prices the Civic 1.8 S at P978,000; the Civic 1.8 E Modulo at P1.118 million and the Civic 2.0 Mugen at P1.368 million. Five colors are available; Modern Steel Metallic (for 2.0 EL Mugen and 1.8 E Modulo), White Orchid Pearl (for 2.0 EL Mugen and 1.8 E Modulo, with an additional cost of P20,000), Carnelian Red Pearl (for the 1.8 liter variants only), Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White (for the 1.8 S).