The Honda Civic facelift has been officially launched in Thailand, a few months after the refreshed FC-generation model first made its global debut in the United States. Aside from aesthetic improvements, the facelift also sees some changes to the equipment list across the model line-up.
In Thailand, the Civic sedan is offered in four variants – 1.8 E, 1.8 EL, 1.5 Turbo and 1.5 Turbo RS – with prices ranging from 874,000 baht to 1,219,000 baht. A CVT is the only transmission option here, and it is paired to one of two petrol engines. The first is a 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine that makes 141 hp at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm, while the other is a 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo four-pot with 173 hp at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm from 1,700-5,500 rpm.
Exterior updates include a new front bumper where the lower apron now sports a one-piece look instead of three. Depending on the variant, the “wing” on the grille as well as the garnish near the fog lamps are finished in either chrome or piano black.
Around back, there’s a new chrome trim piece on the lower rear bumper, while along the sides, new wheel designs have been introduced. Variants with the VTEC Turbo mill get 17-inch alloy wheels, and the rest come with 16-inch units instead. The interior is unchanged in terms of look and layout from before.
In term of equipment revisions, the most significant is the addition of the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assist systems (only available for the 1.5 Turbo RS). These include the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keep Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning and Auto High Beam.
All variants get Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), ABS, EBD, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), a rearview camera and four airbags by default. However, only the 1.8 EL and 1.5 Turbo RS get two additional airbags and Honda LaneWatch camera system that supplements side mirrors.
A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system is found on all variants, save for the entry-level 1.8 E that gets a five-inch unit only. The top-spec 1.5 Turbo RS’ system benefits from navigation functionality and eight speakers, with the latter being fitted on the 1.5 Turbo and 1.8 EL variants as well (six speakers for the 1.8 E).
As for other equipment available there is keyless entry and start, automatic air-conditioning, eight-way powered driver’s seat (except the 1.8 E), four-way powered passenger seat (Turbo and Turbo RS only), leather upholstery (except the 1.8 E), LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and projector headlamps (Turbo RS gets LEDs). The Turbo RS gets dedicated badging on the front grille along with a sporty rear wing.
Customers will get to choose from five exterior colours – Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl – with the first two being new additions. The cabin comes in two colours – beige and black – depending on the exterior colour selected.
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