After making its U.S. premiere, the 2022 Honda Civic will be entering our neck of the woods by way of Thailand. And it appears that fans of the badge won’t have long to wait.
Introducing the All-New 2022 Honda Civic
Thai motoring website HeadlightMag reports that the 11th generation of the compact sedan could have its Southeast Asian debut as early as July 2, despite Honda managing to withhold any sort of confirmation or even teaser. If it comes to pass, Thailand will officially be the first country outside of North America to publicly launch the Civic.
The Thai-spec Civic will be available primarily as a turbocharged model, with a hybrid version to follow suit
There’s another cause for excitement for those eagerly anticipating the new model, and it involves the powertrain. The ASEAN-spec release will reportedly go with turbo power throughout the range, paired with a continuously variable transmission. A hybrid variant propelled by a 1.5-liter e:HEV twin-motor setup is expected to join the lineup sometime in 2022.
Honda Thailand will be assembling the new Civic at its Prachinburi plant
This stands in contrast to the outgoing Thai-market Civic which has been traditionally offered with a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated option, as well as the 2.0-liter non-turbo mill available on the current U.S. release. It remains to be seen if the all-turbo new Civic will be a Thai exclusive or will be applied to all ASEAN markets.
What also isn’t clear is whether the ASEAN market turbo engine will have the same bumped-up power figures as the North American counterpart, which has been rated at 180 hp and 240 Nm of torque. Outside of the U.S., the only other engine to carry similar numbers lies under the hood of the Acura CDX crossover, which is sold exclusively in China.
Expect the 2022 Honda Civic in Philippine showrooms soon
Although there is no word yet on how many trim levels will be on offer, Honda Thailand will be assembling the 2022 Honda Civic at its Prachinburi facility. Meanwhile, Honda Cars Philippines has announced that it will be bringing the model to our shores, pending a final release date.
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Know more about Honda Civic 2021
The Civic compact sedan by multinational automaker Honda is now in its 10th generation. It was first introduced back in April 2016, and currently it has three variants. Under the hood, the 10th-gen Civic for the Philippine market has two engine options. The Civic RS uses a 1.5-liter turbocharge inline-4 that can make up to 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. The second engine option is a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter inline-4 that can produce a maximum of 139 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque. All variants use a continuously variable transmission, which sends all power to the front wheels.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo