Honda Civic wears quite a youthful and elegant design. The Malaysian subsidiary of the Japanese carmaker has updated the car to even sportier now, and the facelifted version is expected to come in India as well.
The Civic was launched last year in India and doesn’t feel old in anyways yet. However, Honda has introduced a facelifted version of the car in Malaysia, which is expected to be introduced in the Indian market with BS-6 compliant engines. The Civic sports an athletic and hunkered down stance, and there is hardly any scope for improving the way it looks. Although, Honda engineers had some points up on their checklist and they performed the job well enough to be appreciated.
The chrome-plated front grille is not finished in black.
It now gets minimal changes at the front in the form of piano-black inserts on the front grille in place of the chrome-plated unit seen on the pre-facelift car. The front facet of the civic has been thoroughly de-chromed, however, the story is not the same on the sides. The chrome ribbon the window line is kept intact to showcase the coupe-like profile of the car. That said, the 18-inch alloy wheels are now finished in a shade of black. The rear facet also gets a few tweaks to look a little sportier with a new bumper and spoiler.
The Malaysian-spec Civic is offered with 2 different engine options. The bigger one of the two is the 1.8L naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol motor belting out a peak power output of 141 PS and 174 Nm of max. torque. The smaller 1.5L turbo-petrol unit is, however, the powerful one here with a rated output of 173 PS and 220 Nm. The power is transferred to the wheels via a CVT unit that sends the power to the front wheels only.
The rear bumper has been tweaked a little to look even more sportier now.
The biggest update on the Civic with the facelift, although, is the Honda Sensing Pack. With this pack, the Civic is the third Honda product in Malayasia that comes via CKD route and offers a host of safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane-Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Road Departure Mitigation. Other updates include front parking sensors, 60:40 split rear bench, and automatic wipers. The prices for the Civic facelift now start at RM 113,600 for the base variant of the car, while max out at RM 139,600 for the top-end variant of the car.