We saw the arrival of a refreshed version of the 10th-generation Honda Civic earlier this year, and Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) also introduced a new variant along with it. Unfortunately, the Civic hatch wasn’t it.
We’re still keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll someday see the hatch in the Philippines (Come on, HCPI—make it happen!), especially since it recently received a refresh in the US market. And since we’re already reaching for the stars here, we’re hoping, too, that one other variant will make it to our shores: the Honda Civic Si, which comes available in sedan and coupe body styles.
The Si is similar to the turbocharged RS variant that’s available on the local market. It also packs a 1.5-liter turbocharged in-line-four engine. The big difference, however, is that the engine on the Si maxes out at 205hp and 260Nm, or 34hp and 40Nm more than the peak figures produced by the RS. The Si’s engine is also mated to a six-speed manual rather than a CVT.
On the outside, the front end looks very familiar—with a grille that’s pretty similar with those of the Civic variants we have locally. The most noticeable change is the subtle contrast trim added to the foglamp housing. Also, the Si now sits on new 18-inch matte-black wheels.
Inside, this Civic is equipped with updated sport seats with red stitching. It also packs an arsenal of driver-assist features like the Honda Sensing safety system, which includes a collision-mitigation braking system that incorporates forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and road-departure mitigation with lane-departure warning.
In the US market, both sedan and coupe configurations of the Civic Si come with a $25,000 (P1,308,500) price tag. So, how about it? The local Civic RS just received a refresh earlier this year, but we wouldn’t mind seeing—and driving—both the coupe and sedan Civic Si on our roads, too. The more options, the merrier, right?