Sunday, December 6, 2015

Honda Cars Philippines to bring in Honda BR-V, all-new Honda Civic in 2016

While most car brands in the Philippines are tight-lipped as to what vehicle models they will launch in the market for 2016, we've managed to find out not only what particular vehicles Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) will introduce locally next year but when we can expect them to reach the showrooms.


Scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2016 is the all-new Honda Civic. First unveiled in the United States in September, the sedan has reportedly already been spotted in Thailand last November. With our source's revelation that the all-new tenth-generation Civic is due to arrive in the second half of 2016, this means the current-gen Civic is now on its farewell tour. Our source added that interested clients have already been asking about the all-new Civic, with one supposedly even offering to make an on-the-spot down payment just to be sure that he will be the very first owner of the compact car in the country.

While the engine specifications for the ASEAN-market Civic has not been made public yet, the US domestic market model is available with either a 2.0-liter inline-four that has an output of 158hp and 187Nm of torque or a turbocharged 1.5-liter mill that puts out 174hp and 220Nm of torque. The European version of the next-generation Civic though comes with either a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter VTEC powerplant that produces 127hp and 200Nm of torque or the same turbocharged 1.5-liter engine as the USDM model but, thanks to its higher 10.6:1 compression ratio, now puts out 201hp and 260Nm of torque. 

The other new model HCPI is scheduled to bring in by the third quarter is the Honda BR-V, a subcompact crossover that's based on the Honda Mobilio MPV which, itself, is based on the Honda Brio subcompact hatchback. First unveiled as a concept at the Indonesia International Auto Show in August, the production-model BR-V was revealed only recently at the ongoing Bangkok Motor Expo in Thailand. Designed from the ground up as a seven-seater like the Mobilio, the BR-V also shares the same powertrain--a 1.5-liter i-VTEC inline-four engine that produces 117hp and 146Nm of torque through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

So, are you excited to see and hear Honda's new models for 2016 soon?

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