Ahead of its market introduction, Honda Malaysia offered the first look at the Honda Civic facelift at its “Road to 900k Grand Finale” event at Bukit Jalil over the weekend. The public viewing was limited to showcasing the refreshed tenth-generation FC’s exterior, as the display car at the event was cordoned off and had its windows blacked-out.
As shown by the display example, exterior styling revisions for the facelift are minor – the Civic's front end now features a piano black “wing” on the grille in place of the chrome seen previously, and the lower section of the front bumper now integrates the black trim into a single piece running across the width of the unit. At the back, there’s a new rear bumper garnish piece, and a boot spoiler also makes its way on.
A new 18-inch alloy wheel also goes on, but that's only for the 1.5 TC-P variant, which sits on top of a three model range, the other two being the mid-spec 1.5 TC and base 1.8 S. No change in output with the two powertrains that are on offer – the L15B7 1.5 liter VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine continues on with 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque, while the normally-aspirated 1.8 liter SOHC four-pot soldiers on with 141 PS and 174 Nm .
Both engine options continue to be paired with an Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT), which directs drive to the front wheels. The big news is the inclusion of Honda Sensing, and the Civic becomes the third locally-assembled (CKD) Honda model to come with the automaker’s suite of safety and driver assistance systems after the CR-V and Accord.
Components available in the system are Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
There's also an Auto High-Beam (AHB) feature and a LaneWatch camera side-camera system, and other safety equipment includes six airbags, front parking sensors, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), ABS, EBD, brake assist, Emergency Stop Signal ( ESS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and a reverse camera.
New equipment being introduced with the facelift include front parking sensors, automatic wipers and 60:40 split-folding rear seats (previously, a fixed bench). The 1.5 TC will now come equipped with LED headlamps and fog lamps (previously, halogen units) as well as LaneWatch. As for the 1.5 TC-P, aside from Sensing and the 18-inch alloys, it’ll be the only variant to feature the black grille and boot spoiler as standard.