Alongside the launch of the Honda Accord, Honda Malaysia has also officially launched the 2020 Honda Civic facelift. Three variants are available as before – 1.8S (RM113,600), 1.5TC (RM129,600), and 1.5TC-P (RM139,600).

EXTERIOR
The facelifted Honda Civic receives an updated front bumper, along with a new rear bumper garnish. The entry-level 1.8S variant is still equipped with halogen headlights and fog lights, but both of the 1.5TC variants get LED headlights and fog lights as standard.

The 1.5TC variant also gains chrome-finished door handles, while the top-of-the-range 1.5TC-P variant gets a new front grille finished in black, along with a new trunk spoiler with integrated third braking light.

The 1.8S variant sits on newly-designed 16-inch wheels, while the 17-inch wheels on the 1.5TC variant remains the same as before. The Premium variant gets an all-new 18-inch alloy wheels.

INTERIOR
Honda has included a couple of new creature comfort additions to the 2020 Honda Civic, which Honda says was done in response to customer feedback. These include a new 60:40 rear folding seats, along with new fan speed control buttons on the climate control panel, and automatic front wipers.

The leather seats on the 1.5-litre models have been reupholstered with a new “Chequered Flag” accent design, while the steering-wheel switches have been refined in both aesthetics and texture.

Otherwise, the interior packaging of the Honda Civic remains largely the same. The 1.8S variant gets single zone air-condition, while the 1.5TC variants have dual-zone climate control.

As standard, all variants come equipped with a seven-inch advanced infotainment display, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, HDMI input, and two USB ports. The infotainment is connected to eight speakers.

SAFETY
Undoubtedly the hero feature of the car, the 2020 Honda Civic facelift now comes with the full Honda Sensing suite, which utilises a combination of a monocular camera and a millimetre wave radar, available exclusively on the 1.5TC-P variant.

The Honda Sensing suite includes safety and convenience features such as Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning with Collision Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow function, as well as Auto High Beam.

All variants of the new Honda Civic are now equipped with four front parking sensors as standard. The 1.5TC variant also comes equipped with Honda LaneWatch, which utilises a camera to complement the side mirror for a better view around the blind-spot area.

POWERTRAIN
No changes are done to the powertrain on this mid-cycle refresh. The 1.8S variant is powered by a 1.8-litre four cylinder naturally-aspirated engine, producing 141 hp and 174 Nm of torque. As for the 1.5TC variants, a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Earth Dreams engine generates 173 hp and 220 Nm of twist.

Both engine options are paired to a CVT gearbox. Performance wise, Honda claims a 0-100 km/h time of 10.4 seconds for the 1.8S variant, whiel the 1.5TC variants does the century sprint in 8.2 seconds.

The 2020 Honda Civic facelift will be available in five exterior colours – Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, as well as the latest addition to the line-up, Passion Red Pearl.

Honda Malaysia has also made available some extra kit for the new Honda Civic, such as the Modulo Package which includes all-round skirting and a wing-styled trunk spoiler, Urban Package, Utility Package, and Protection Package.

As standard, the 2020 Honda Civic comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, along with five-time free labour service within 100,000 km or five years.


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