Published on August 13th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype Makes the First Appearance in Asia and Oceania at GIIAS 2016
For the first time in Asia and Ocenia region, PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) displays the Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype at 2016 Gaikindo Internasional Auto Show (GIIAS) 2016 held in Tangerang, August 11 – 20, 2016. The 5-door version from the 10th generation of Civic with 1.5 VTEC TURBO engine is planned to be launched in Indonesia in the first half of 2017.
At GIIAS 2016, Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype was unveiled by Mr. Noriaki Abe, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Operations (Asia and Oceania) of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Mr. Tomoki Uchida, President Director of PT Honda Prospect Motor.
“The Civic is a Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate and a unique car which much-admired by customers worldwide. To expand Civic’s line-up to meet various lifestyle and needs of Indonesian customers, we proudly present the all-new Civic Hatchback Prototype for the first time in the Asia and Oceania region,” said Mr. Abe. “The Civic Hatchback will also be equipped with the environmentally-friendly VTEC TURBO engine, and is coming to Indonesia in the first half of 2017.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Uchida mentioned, “We understand that a hatchback is one of the most popular segments in Indonesia, especially for youngsters. We are certain that the Civic Hatchback with 1.5L VTEC TURBO engine will become the hottest hatchback in the Indonesian market, offering sport performance and advanced featuers as its seedan version.”
The all-new Civic hatchback will be 30 mm wider, 20 mm lower and 130 mm longer than the current generation. New larger and wider wheels and tyres give a feeling of an assured stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sleek cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.
At the front of the car, a short overhang with large air intakes presents a sharp and aggressive interpretation of Honda’s family face. LED headlights and daytime running lights flow from beneath the boldly sculpted bonnet into accentuated wheel arches.
The sleek and swept-back body lines continue along the side of the car with a swage line that incorporates front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights. A second, lower character line extends from behind the front wheels up through the doors and meets the rear wheel arches, emphasising the car’s dynamic forward-leaning stance. At the rear, the bumper incorporates angular creases and vents, designed to echo the aggressively styled nature of the rest of the car.
The all-new engines are part of Honda’s growing Earth Dreams Technology range and aim to deliver a combination of dynamic performance, a class-leading output for their displacement and excellent fuel economy.
Based on a completely new engine structure and harnessing newly developed turbo systems, the petrol engines feature variable valve motion technology to reduce friction and achieve class-leading output and environmental performance. A turbo charger with a low moment of inertia and high responsiveness, together with direct injection technology seek to achieve an optimum balance between high output and torque, above those of conventional naturally-aspirated engines.
In April this year at the 2016 Indonesia Internasional Motor Show (IIMS), PT Honda Prospect Motor launched the 10th generation Honda Civic sedan model in Indonesia. Since its introduction, the all-new Civic has been enjoying great acceptance from Indonesian customers, and currently dominates the small sedan segment with over 40% market share.