Honda may be hinting the sale of the Honda Civic Hatchback in the ASEAN region with their reveal of the prototype in this year’s Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. The automaker has mentioned that the Civic Hatchback will be built in Thailand where the majority of ASEAN countries source their Civic sedans. Honda Civic Hatchbacks are also built in the UK at Honda’s Swindon plant where it will be supplying cars for the western hemisphere.
The Thai-built Civic Hatchbacks are slated for for the Australian market in the meantime. Australia has always had Civic hatchbacks but sourced them from the UK. For this generation, Australia will be sourcing them from Thailand and it would not make sense from the manufacturer’s standpoint to shift its production from Swindon, UK to Thailand for just one market. The concept model shown in Gaikindo sports a bodykit, bigger wheels, a set of large brakes, green highlights and a center exhaust. The production model will do without the concept car’s extra details.
The Australia-spec, Thai-built Civic Hatchback will be available in two engine options. First is the familiar R18 1.8 liter four-cylinder as seen in the current sedan. It now packs Earth Dreams Technology and has an output of 141 PS and 174 Nm of torque. Top of the line models get the 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, also with Earth Dreams Technology. Like the sedan sold in the Philippines, the turbocharged mill puts out 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque.