Honda’s new Civic Type R hero might be a year or more away from its Australian debut, but buyers keen on its looks can now get at least part of the way there.
Revealed in September, a sporting new facelift for the Civic Hatch has launched in Australia this week, sharing a number of styling tricks with its R-badged brother.
Key among those similarities is new LED-rich lights at both ends, with the headlights featuring a significantly sharper and more angular look.
A new mesh grille is also shared by both, as is a new front bumper with gaping foglight housings, although the Type R benefits from a number of aggressive bolt-on aero tricks at every corner.
Looking to the updated Civic Hatch will be an entirely aesthetic decision, however, with power again supplied by a 104kW/174Nm 1.8 litre petrol engine - a far cry from the new Type R’s 228kW and 400Nm 2.0 litre turbo heart.
A diesel model has also been offered in the 2014 Civic Hatch range, its 1.6 litre engine offering 88kW and 300Nm, although Honda has made no mention of that model with today’s announcement.
UPDATE: the diesel has now been cancelled. Read more here.
Aside from its new looks, the 2015 Civic Hatch also picks up Honda’s new Agile Handling Assist System (AHAS), which works together with the Vehicle Stability Assist (Honda’s version of ESC) to improve cornering stability.
All models now feature Honda’s Display Audio System, which brings promises enhanced Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming.
The reversing camera’s image also shows on the new system’s display, while the VTi-LN adds navigation to that feature set.
VTi-L and VTi-LN models feature front and rear parking sensors, along with a new passenger side dash garnish.
VTi-S and VTi-L models feature a ‘sporty’ fabric seat trim, while VTi-LN gets leather.
Across the Civic range, including hatch and sedan, year-to-date sales for 2015 sit at 1447, compared to 3045 for the same period in 2014.
The Civic range's 48.5 percent drop puts the brand in an unenviable position, beaten so far this year by just about all of the traditional volume sellers.
Languishing further down in the pack are the Ford Focus (2994, down from 6091 at the end of April 2014), Kia Cerato (3108, up from 2135), the Nissan Pulsar (2632, down from 3191) and the Mitsubishi Lancer (2571).
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- VTi-S manual - $22,150 (up from $21,650)
- VTi-S auto - $24,450 (up from $23.950)
- VTi-L auto - $26,990 (up from $26,490)
- VTi-LN auto - $31,090 (up from $30,590)
- DTi-S diesel - cancelled for 2015 (see update here)