Barely a month after Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) achieved its highest ever monthly sales by selling 2,663 units in March 2016 as well as its highest ever vehicles sales for a fiscal year from April 2015 to March 2016 at 21,700 units, the Japanese carmaker marked its 25th year of doing business in the country by launching the all-new, 10th-generation Honda Civic.
Locally, Honda‘s success with the Civic nameplate has been erratic. The seventh-gen model struggled to match the success of the sixth-generation Civic EK, due to its uninspired styling and the change of its front suspension from the sporty double wishbone setup to the restrictive MacPherson strut type. Sales of the Civic then picked up when the eighth-generation Civic FD went on sale with its futuristic styling and dual-tier instrument panel only to drop again when the ninth-generation Civic FB debuted, no thanks to the bland exterior which seemed like a major facelift of its predecessor. If this see-saw motion is an indicator though, this all-new Civic FC should be a winner for Honda and HCPI.
The all-new Honda Civic boasts of the carmaker’s “Revolutionary Silhouette Advanced Neo Sedan” exterior design concept that’s highlighted by the bold front fascia with Honda’s signature LED lighting that mimics that of the upcoming NSX hybrid supercar, low and wide stance, and sleek, coupe-like roofline. Capping of the car’s athletic design at the back is its distinctive C-shaped LED taillights.
Inside, the all-new Honda Civic boasts of a dynamic and wide cockpit as emphasized by the dashboard and the line that sweeps from the front left aircon vent to the pair on the center console, with the full-color TFT instrument cluster which includes a multi-information display cocooned right in between.
To navigate through the different info like vehicle speed and other vehicle-related information, Honda added Electrostatic Steering Wheel Controls to the tiller alongside the Cruise Control and the Paddle Shifters. A seven-inch touch-screen serves as the display for the entertainment and automatic climate control system, as well as smartphone connectivity. As for its cargo-carrying capacity, Honda claims the all-new Civic has as much as 428 liters of space, which theoretically can be improved further thanks to the 60:40 folding rear seats.
Our friends from Top Gear tested the available space by stuffing a 6'2" guy in the trunk. Look:
A new innovation that the all-new Honda Civic is introducing in its class is its Smart Key system. Besides the Walk-away Auto Lock Feature which automatically locks all the doors once the Smart Key has moved 2.5 meters away from the vehicle, it also has a Remote Engine Start Function that starts the powerplant and activates the climate control system to cool the car’s cabin before you even enter the car. That’s right; no more hurrying to get in the car to turn the air-con and waiting for a few minutes for the cabin to cool.
Of course, passenger and vehicle safety plays an important part in the all-new Honda Civic. The Ace Body Design supposedly dissipates the energy of a crash away from the passenger compartment. It also has as many as six airbags, depending on the variant, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, Anti-Lock Braking System, Multi-view Reverse Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, and Emergency Stop Signal which alerts the drivers behind by flashing the hazard lights depending on how hard the brake pedal is stepped on. The all-new Honda Civic also has an Electric Parking Brake with Auto Break Hold which automatically disengages the brake when the accelerator pedal is stepped on.
The all-new Honda Civic is offered with two engines. The 1.8-liter E variant is priced at P1.088 million and comes with a 1,798cc mill that churns out 139hp and 174Nm of torque while the 1.5-liter RS Turbo has a sticker price of P1.398 million and is powered by a turbocharged 1,498cc Earth Dreams powerplant that produces 171hp and 220Nm of torque. Both engines are paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission that, like the blown mill, is developed to be environment-friendly via Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology banner.
Honda’s compact car offering—which is expected to do battle with the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Mazda 2, Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza, and Hyundai Elantra, to name a few—will be offered in six colors:
- Cosmic Blue Metallic (new color)
- Midnight Burgundy Pearl (new color)
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- White Orchid Pearl
- Rallye Red (RS Turbo only)
- Modern Steel Metallic (1.8 E only)