The 2019 Honda Civic facelift unveiled at the 2018 Thai Motor Expo has been officially launched in Thailand. The 10th generation Civic facelift already made its global debut in the United States few months ago.
Aside from visual improvements, the Civic facelift also gets changes to the equipment list offered across the model line-up. 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.
At the back there is a new chrome trim piece on the lower rear bumper, rest remains largely unchanged. Plus Honda has introduced new wheel designs with the facelift. Variants with the VTEC Turbo gets 17-inch alloy wheels, while the naturally aspirated versions come with 16-inch units instead.
The interior is unchanged in terms of looks and layout from before, however steering wheel controls have been redesigned, as well as a new center console cup holder. Honda claims that extra sound-deadening material has been used on the floor, trunk, and front and rear fenders.
On the inside, the 2019 Honda Civic features an updated 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 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.
In Thailand, the new Civic sedan is offered in four variants – 1.8 E, 1.8 EL, 1.5 Turbo and 1.5 Turbo RS. 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 complement side mirrors.
Engine options for the Thai-spec 2019 Honda Civic (facelift) include a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor that outputs 141 PS and 174 Nm and a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 173 PS and 220 Nm. Both the engines are mated to a CVT gearbox.
At the launch event, Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Chief Operating Officer of Honda Automobile (Thailand) said:
“At this year’s Motor Expo, Honda is proud to present and highlight new models to reflect advanced technologies and sports craftsmanship that have always been the key DNA of every model Honda has ever created.”
The 10th generation Honda Civic was introduced in global markets in November 2015 and was introduced in Pakistan in July 2016. Now that the facelift has started to reach Asian markets, and the Civic will be completing its 3 years in Pakistan in July 2019, it will be interesting to see when Honda Atlas brings the updated version here.