Honda Australia has introduced a 2013 update to its five-door Civic Hatch range, less that one year on from the new body's local debut.
For the new model year, entry into the Hatch range creeps back above $20,000, with the VTi-S manual now priced at $20,650 (plus on-roads).
Honda has added new features however, leading to a price drop for the VTi-L and the introduction of a new top-shelf VTi-LN model.
A key addition to the entry-level VTi-S is cruise control, the absence of which has proven a significant bugbear in TMR's long-term review car. The system also includes an adjustable speed limiter.
Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity has also been added as a standard feature, joining a reversing camera, six-speaker audio and a flashing emergency stop signal system.
The VTi-L, now down from $26,590 to $25,490 plus on-roads, swaps its partial-leather seat trim for regular cloth, but adds smart entry with a start button.
Other features in the VTi-L include an auto dimming rear view mirror, power adjusted driver and front passenger lumbar support, tinted windows and a leather wrapped gear knob.
New to the range is the VTi-LN, priced at $29,590 and adding a satellite navigation system with live traffic updates, DVD player, leather-appointed seat trim and heated front seats.
Mechanically the range remains unchanged, with power supplied by Honda's 104kW/174Nm 1.8 litre petrol engine.
The VTi-S is available with a six-speed manual transmission (6.1 l/100km) and a five-speed auto (6.5 l/100km), while the VTi-L and VTi-LN come with the auto only.
Honda's new 88kW/300Nm 1.6 litre diesel engine is also bound for the Australian-delivered Civic Hatch in mid-2013.
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