Four months after its global debut, the 2022 Honda Civic has landed in Thailand. The biggest change with the 11th generation Civic for the market is the omission of the 1.8L engine – all variants of the C-segment sedan for Thailand now feature the 1.5L turbocharged engine.
First, let’s talk about prices. Three different variants of the 2022 Civic are offered in Thailand: the base EL model is priced at 964,900 Thai baht (about RM121,700), while the mid-tier EL+ variant costs 1,009,900 baht (approximately RM127,375). The range-topping RS trim, on the other hand, goes for 1,199,900 baht (around RM151,340).
As mentioned, all variants of the Civic for Thailand now features a 1.5L turbocharged engine. While it’s a carryover from the previous model, it’s been tuned to deliver more power. With 178PS and 240Nm of torque, the updated engine offers 5PS and 20Nm of torque more than the 10th generation Civic. Naturally, it is still paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Aside from that, Honda Sensing is also standard across the range. It’s a suite of safety features that include Collision Mitigation braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Auto High Beam (AHB), and Lead Car Departure Notification System (LCDN).
The exterior of the new Civic is quite a departure from the previous model too. The A-pillars have been pushed back 1.96 inches to elongate the hood for a “premium silhouette,” as Honda puts it. Pushing back the A-pillars – and mounting the side mirrors to the door – improve the visibility of the C-segment sedan as well.
At the back of the 2022 Civic, gone are the “ketam” C-shaped taillights of the current 10th generation Civic FC for a more mature-looking L-shaped LED lighting; the front DRLs has the same L-shaped lighting too. As for the overall silhouette of the new Civic, it’s very reminiscent of its D-segment sibling, the Honda Accord.
Inside the cabin, Honda took a more minimalist design approach with the 11th generation Civic. There’s now a floating infotainment screen with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the centre armrest is no longer partly exposed, and the air vents are integrated into the honeycomb mesh that stretches across the dashboard.
Given that the 2022 Honda Civic has been launched in Thailand, it’s not far-fetched to assume that it will be coming to Malaysia soon. Well, this was originally the plan: the C-segment sedan would’ve made its debut here in late Q3 or early Q4 if not for the extended COVID-19 lockdown in Malaysia.
Given that most parts of Malaysia is still under lockdown – especially the Klang Valley area – it remains to be seen exactly when the 2022 Civic will be available locally.