Honda has revealed pricing and details of its revised Civic Sedan range for Australia, following a similar adjustment to the Civic Hatch line in April.
Updates in this latest round include a new grille design, along with new standard equipment and a revised model spread.
Headlining the changes is a new Civic Vi price leader, which kicks off at $18,490 - down from the already reduced $19,490 point that the VTi model moved to in October last year.
The new Vi model's debut sees entry into the Civic range made more affordable than rivals such as the Cruze ($19,490), Cerato ($19,990), Pulsar ($19,990), Focus ($20,290), Lancer ($20,390), Mazda3 ($20,490), Corolla ($20,740) and Elantra ($20,990).
The new Vi model is powered by Honda’s 104kW/174Nm 1.8 litre i-VTEC petrol engine, matched to a five-speed manual only. Fuel use is listed at 6.8 l/100km.
Standard features with the Vi include 15-inch steel wheels, cloth trim, cruise control, manual air conditioning, remote keyless entry, auto-off halogen headlights, daytime running lights, Honda’s Intelligent-Multi Information Display, Eco Assist display and Econ mode, and a tilt/reach adjustable steering wheel.
There’s also four-speaker audio with Bluetooth phone/audio and aux/USB connectivity, and steering-mounted audio controls.
Safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, vehicle stability assist, traction control and whiplash mitigating front headrests.
Upgrading to the former entry-model VTi grade adds 15-inch alloy wheels, Honda’s Display Audio system, a reversing camera and a five-speed automatic transmission.
The mid-spec VTi-S model upgrades to 16-inch alloys, chrome door handles and proximity-based Smart Entry.
In the VTi-L, there’s leather-appointed seats and a leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors, powered folding mirrors, and new-design 16-inch.
The VTi-LN (for ‘Navigation’) model has been deleted, meaning that buyers seeking satellite navigation must now move to the top Sport model.
The Sport’s features include sat-nav with live traffic updates, along with an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 17-inch alloy wheels.
As the flagship petrol model, the Sport is powered by Honda’s 2.0 litre four-cylinder i-VTEC engine, producing 114kW and 190Nm.
A five-speed auto is again the only option with the Sport model, which also gets paddle shifters for manual control. Fuel use is listed at 7.5 l/100km.
Honda will be looking to the upgraded model range and new Vi grade to boost sales in its Civic range, with current 4666 year-to-date sales nearly half last year's numbers for the same period (8852).
The Hatch remains the more popular of the Civic models, outselling the sedan with 2796 sales to 1870 so far this year.
Although not mentioned in today's release, Honda's Civic Hybrid sedan remains a part of the local range.
The model sees no change for 2014, with specs and pricing carrying over.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Civic Sedan Vi 1.8 manual - $18,490 (new model)
- Civic Sedan VTi 1.8 auto - $21,990 (up from $21,790)
- Civic Sedan VTi-S 1.8 auto - $23,290
- Civic Sedan VTi-L 1.8 auto - $26,290 (up from $23,390, replaces VTi-LN)
- Civic Sedan Sport 2.0 sports auto - $30,290 (no change)
- Civic Hybrid - $33,990 (no change)
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