Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Honda Just Refreshed the Civic in the US; Asia-Pacific Markets Sure to Follow
In a bid to cement its success as the leading compact sedan, Honda has refreshed the 10th-generation Civic for the 2019 model year. Launching in the US by the end of this year, expect the same aesthetic changes to make its way to the Asia-Pacific market sometime next year.
Building on the Civic’s sporty style, the 2019 model gets a more aggressive look with a restyled front lower bumper that visually widens the car. The chrome “wing” grille is now gone, replaced by a high-gloss black one, similar to the Philippine market RS Turbo variant). At the back, a chrome strip adds a more premium touch while wheels are upsized to 18 inches across the line-up. The LED headlights have also been upgraded for a wider, longer beam.
Inside, the 2019 Civic gets a variety of subtle upgrades. The most welcome of which is the addition of a physical volume knob for the Display Audio system. Other changes include redesigned steering wheel controls and a new center console that holds larger beverages.
Mechanically, the Civic remains unchanged. In the US, it’s offered with a normally-aspirated 2.0-liter motor with 158 horsepower or a turbocharged 1.5-liter with 174 horsepower. It’s safe to assume that the Asia-Pacific version will follow the same route with a choice between a normally-aspirated 1.8-liter SOHC 4-cylinder or a turbocharged 1.5-liter. What’s new is added insulation in the floor, trunk, and front fenders. The rear fenders also get sound insulation for the first time as well.