By Alithea De Jesus
The curiosity and eagerness of car enthusiasts have finally been curbed as Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) unveils its latest innovation, the 11th generation All-New Honda Civic!
Despite the launch was held virtually on Honda Cars Philippines’ official Facebook page on November 23, car aficionados in the country inevitably lauded and expressed their awe the new arrival of this much anticipated sedan.
Brandishing its new clean-cut look along with a power pack high-tech features, and a standard VTEC turbo engine for a powerful and engaging driving experience, this car will become talk of the town.
Interestingly, Civic sales in the Philippines started back in 1991 and it was the first Honda vehicle offered in the country. Throughout several generations, the iconic model garnered much love from many loyalists and enthusiasts. Notably, the Civic recorded sales of more than 132,000 units locally, as of October 2021.
In his welcome remarks, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. Mr. Masahiko Nakamura bannered HCPI’s mileston in the launching of the iconic model, the 11th generation All-New Honda Civic.
“The Civic has been an iconic nameplate in the market. Local sales started back in 1991, and it was the first Honda vehicle that was offered in the country. Throughout several generations, it garnered much love from many loyalists and enthusiasts. In fact, globally, the Civic recorded more than 27 million units sales to date,” Mr. Nakamura said.
He also noted that the 11th generation All-New Honda Civic is one of the most competitive entries in the compact sedan segment.
Mr. Nakamura expressed his gratitude to the added power pack in the VTEC turbo engine, as well advanced technology and safety features, including the Honda SENSING that would certainly provide “Safety for Everyone”.
“We believe that with the All-New Civic, we have developed an offering that further elevates this iconic model,” Mr. Nakamura concluded.
For the 11th generation, Honda was able to achieve the “Exhilarating Civic” through focusing on three (3) core values: Design, Dynamics, and HMI (Human Machine Interface).
For its full-model change, the All-New Civic now has a more matured look, keeping it in line with its stablemates. The design was executed with a fine mixture of elegance and sportiness. Size-wise, the compact sedan is longer by 29mm and its wheelbase is longer by 37mm when compared to its predecessor.
Upfront, it gets a pair of newly shaped headlights that either houses full LEDs or projector halogens. For style and functionality, Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) are made standard across the range. Its cleaner yet more prominent fascia can also be had with LED fog lights that are reserved for both the V Turbo CVT Honda SENSING and the RS Turbo CVT Honda SENSING.
Going over the side, the 11th generation Honda Civic flaunts its sleek lines, giving it an elegant and sporty stance. Plus, the long hood and its sloping roofline give the compact sedan added character. Integrated turn signals in the side mirrors are standard. Its front pillar was also pushed back by nearly 2 inches, which elongates its hood for a premium silhouette. Visibility has also been improved, all thanks to the design changes with its door mirrors.
Wheel options, on the other hand, include a set of 16-inch rims on the S, 17-inch alloys on the mid-range V, and 18-inch matte black wheels on the RS.
The entire rear end has also been redone, having a new pair of LED taillights that elegantly illuminates in the night. Other RS-exclusive details include black-painted side mirrors, door handles, sharkfin antenna and trunk spoiler, along with chrome-finished dual-exhaust pipes for a sportier look.
Like the exterior, the 11th generation All–New Civic’s interior takes quite of a departure from its predecessor. Its minimalist design has been executed with quality materials, from its soft touchpoints to the honeycomb pattern found on the vents. Depending on the trim level, the All–New Civic could either come with fabric seats, or a fine combo of suede and leather upholstery exclusive on the RS.
Like its predecessor, the latest model is still strong in terms of interior and cargo space. It still has more cabin space than most sedans in the segment. Additional space was used to improve the ease of getting in and out of the car. Plus, its new dimensions also translate to better rear seat comfort. Compartments are located all around the cabin for personal possessions. Passengers will definitely enjoy their conversations inside the car with improved noise, vibration and harshness levels.
For in–car entertainment, all variants of the All–New Civic come with touchscreen display audio that either measures 7-inches or 9-inches. Both screens are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capable, while the larger screen has Wireless Apple CarPlay. These infotainment systems power 4 speakers for the S, and 8 speakers for the V. The RS variant, on the other hand, comes with a 12–speaker Bose sound system.
Other standard convenience features include automatic climate control, and dual zone that is exclusive on the RS variant, while rear air vents, on the other hand, are available for both the V and up. 7-inch digital display with analog is available for both audio and Bluetooth functions, while the larger 10.2-inch full-digital cluster is exclusive on the RS—all these supported with steering wheel mounted controls.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
One of the main highlights of the 11th generation All–New Civic is the 1.5-liter 4-Cylinder DOHC VTEC Turbo engine found in all grades. Unlike its predecessor, the latest model now has an all–Turbo variant range. This engine can produce 178 PS and 240Nm of torque, which is an additional 5 Ps and 20Nm vs 10th gen 1.5 VTEC Turbo engine. The Civic’s new powertrain also has an additional 37 PS and 66Nm, versus its predecessor’s 1.8L Naturally–Aspirated. All trims of the Civic are paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The compact sedan even gets distinct driving modes including Econ, Normal, and lastly, Sport, that is particularly found in the RS variant.
In pursuit of Honda’s mission to provide “Safety for Everyone”, Honda SENSING is now standard in all variants of the 11th generation All–New Civic.
The following features included:
・ Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
・ Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low–Speed Follow (LSF)
・ Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
・ Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW)
・ Auto High–Beam (AHB)
・ Lead Car Departure Notification System (LCDN) – New
The new Honda SENSING system uses a single monocular camera with a wider field of view combined with improved software offering better vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and road marking recognition
As Honda continues to strengthen its “Safety for Everyone” global slogan, the All–New Civic helps realize this vision through Honda’s G–force Control (G–CON) Collision Safety Body that enhances impact absorption for the added protection of passengers in the event a collision occurs. In addition, customers can expect top–notch collision safety performance on the All–New Civic through its advanced safety features that are now available across all variants. This includes Speed Sensing Door Locks, Multi-View Reverse Camera, and Keyless Entry System that are standard for all grades, while the Side Curtain Airbags, Honda LaneWatch Camera, and the Walk Away Auto Door Lock function are exclusive on the RS variant.
Furthermore, other features such as the Driver and Front Passenger Airbags, Side Airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Child Lock, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor, Security Alarm, and immobilizer are standard safety features for all variants.
With these superior safety features, the All–New Civic boasts a 5–star safety rating under the new 2021 ASEAN NCAP assessment, giving customers better safety and peace of mind on the road.
AVAILABILITY AND COLORS
The 11th generation All–New Civic is now available at all 37 Honda Cars dealerships nationwide and comes in five (5) colors:
*Platinum White Pearl– Additional PHP 20,000
Notably, HCPI is offering customers the chance to purchase a Platinum White Pearl All–New Civic for all variants at no additional cost until November 30, 2021. Furthermore, customers who will reserve the All–New Civic V Turbo CVT Honda SENSING variant until December 31, 2021 are entitled to a free Modulo Trunk Tray and Modulo Exhaust Pipe Finisher on top of all other promotions offered for the month of the vehicle release until January 31, 2022.
Below are all the available variants of the All–New Honda Civic with their corresponding Suggested Retail Prices:
Head on to www.hondaphil.com VIRTUAL SHOWROOM now or visit the nearest Honda Cars dealership to know more about the All-New Civic and the latest promos and offers from Honda.