BANGKOK: The 10th generation Honda Civic is launched in Thailand today in four variants led by an all-new turbocharged TURBO RS with a 1.5-litre engine displacement. Prices ranged from RM102,704 to RM141,653.
There are five choices of exterior colours, namely White Orchid Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, and two new colours namely Lunar Silver Metallic and Cosmic Blue Metallic.
Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co Ltd said it expects sales of the Civic to reach 25,000 units within a year.
The TURBO RS retails at 1,199,000 baht (RM141,653), TURBO at 1,099,000 baht (RM129,811), 1.8 EL at 959,000 baht (RM113,274), and 1.8 E at 869,000 baht (RM102,704).
The new body, based on “Wide and Low” body styling concept, is designed for a sportier and self-assured driving while offering a more spacious cabin than its predecessor. The exterior comes with a premium and bold appearance which includes sleek sporty design with sharp character lines and a chrome front grille in wing shape, extended to sporty headlights with LED daytime running lights and distinctive C-shaped LED tail lights.
Honda said the latest Civic’s interior space is comparable to those in D-segment cars.
A full range of advanced technology provides convenience and ultimate comfort in all driving and easily control of all features.
For example, a 7-Inch Display Audio Touchscreen provides Advance Touch controls of entertainment features, wireless telephone connectivity via Bluetooth, and USB port that supports Apple CarPlay (compatible with some smartphones). A Multi-Information Display allows many utility functions which could be switched displayed information and searched by alphabet using control buttons on the steering wheel. To get the engine ready and the cabin temperature comfortable before a journey starts, Engine Remote Start can turn on the engine and the air-conditioner remotely while the doors remain locked and the car is immobilized until the driver enters inside the car with the smart key and start the engine.
Innovations include a new VTEC TURBO engine which provides a powerful performance and excellent fuel efficiency, as well as advanced technologies that enhance comfort and safety.
The Civic is available in two different drivetrains – a brand new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine as well as an improved 1.8 litre normally aspirated petrol engine.
The 1.5-litre DOHC VTEC TURBO engine and a new CVT, both developed under Earth Dreams Technology, provides 173hp at 5,500 rpm and maximum torque of 220Nm at 1,700 – 5,500 rpm – a performance comparable to a 2.4-litre engine but with better fuel efficiency equivalent to a 1.8-litre engine.
The 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine is the same as before and is mated to a CVT developed under Earth Dreams Technology to offer a responsive driving performance and better fuel savings. The engine, also compatible with E85 fuel, produces 141hp at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 174Nm at 4,300 rpm. This is the same engine also found in the HR-V.
The RS grade, added for the first time, is the style statement of the line-up and comes with an integrated body kit with a striking black grille, LED headlights, LED front foglights and RS badging.
The Civic also offers class-leading safety systems such as Honda LaneWatch, which provides a better view of the vehicle’s left-side blind spot, Electric Parking Brake, Auto Brake Hold, and Walk Away Auto Lock.
The Civic will be arriving in Malaysia soon though Honda Malaysia hasn’t indicated a date for it. The car will however be available in Australia from June where it is the key revenue driver in the Honda line-up there.
The launch of the Civic in Thailand followed the launch of the facelifted Accord there last month.
Source : http://www.carsifu.my/news/thailand-gets-all-new-honda-civic-from-today/