Australian News - February 27, 2019

New Honda Civic Sedan Makes Advanced Safety More Affordable

Honda Australia has released a major update for the Civic sedan range, headlined by the introduction of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies on the VTi-L and RS grades, along with a number of exterior styling and interior design upgrades across all variants.

The new Civic sedan builds on the momentum created by the arrival of the tenth-generation Civic range, which represented one of the most ambitious and comprehensive new-model development programs ever undertaken by Honda.

Renowned for its bold design and sleek styling, the Honda Civic continues to offer small sedan buyers a complete package with this latest update, delivering smart technology, affordable advanced safety, class-leading space and exceptional comfort.

“The inclusion of Honda Sensing as standard equipment on two additional Civic sedan models, represents another step in our plan to introduce the full suite of intelligent driver-assist and active safety technologies right across the Honda vehicle range over the next few years,” Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins said.

“Since we announced that plan in May last year, we’ve added Honda Sensing onto the CR-V VTi-S AWD model and now all three Civic sedan models with the 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine are equipped with Honda Sensing, reflecting our ongoing commitment to support the safe and comfortable driving of our customers.

“We are confident Honda Sensing will provide them with a system that is both intuitive and effective, and at the most affordable price point yet for a Honda vehicle.”

The Civic is Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate and its best-selling model globally, with more than 25 million sales since 1972. In Australia, more than 360,000 Civics have been sold since the first-generation vehicle went on sale locally in early 1973.

Over the course of ten generations, the Honda Civic has continuously evolved to meet changing customer needs around the world, regularly setting the bar for fuel-efficiency, driving performance and design innovation in an affordable small segment vehicle.

Designed to Impress
In addition to the wider availability of Honda Sensing, the new Civic sedan also introduces a number of exterior styling and interior design upgrades across the range.

The Civic RS sedan leads the way with new 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with wider 235/40 ZR18 95Y Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, elevating its sports credentials with improved grip and more responsive handling.

Every Civic sedan variant now features a unique wheel as a result of fresh designs and new colour treatments that have been applied across the range. The VTi and VTi-S grades both have all-new wheel designs, while the VTi-L wheel has a new, dark grey finish. The high-series VTi-LX is now fitted with its own distinctive alloy wheel courtesy of the previous RS wheel design, but with a new dark grey finish applied.

The front bumper has been redesigned with a new lower grille that further accentuates the Civic’s low, muscular proportions, while a piano black upper grille is now fitted to all models apart from the VTi.

The lower grille garnishes and fog light surrounds are now also finished in matching gloss black on all variants.

Other design and equipment changes to individual grades includes:

  • Introduction of High Beam Support System as part of Honda Sensing on VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX
  • Addition of electrically retractable door mirrors with auto-fold function on VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX
  • Addition of rear privacy glass on VTi-S
  • New Phoenix Orange pearlescent paint colour – exclusive to RS
  • New Platinum White pearlescent paint colour

Connected and in Control
The design changes continue inside the new Civic sedan range, with updates to the instrument panel and seat trims, plus improvements to the controls for the audio and ventilation systems.

The Advanced Display Audio touchscreen unit in the new Civic sedan range has been redesigned for a more intuitive user experience, with the addition of hard keys for the most commonly used functions, along with a dedicated volume control knob.

The usability of climate control functions has also been improved on high-series RS and VTi-LX variants, with the addition of push buttons for one-touch adjustment and control of the fan speed.

Interior updates include:

  • New dashboard trim inserts featuring a geometric embossed finish
  • New seat trims on the VTi-S grade and above, all featuring a chequered accent centre panel on both the seat base and backrest
  • New red seat-trim stitching, exclusive on Civic RS
  • New volume control knob, incorporating audio on/off functions
  • New hard keys for the core display screen functions:
    • Home
    • Audio
    • Telephone
    • ← Back
  • New, smooth-finish steering wheel-mounted rocker switch for remote volume control
  • New push buttons for one-touch adjustment of fan speed on the dual zone climate control system

The new Honda Civic sedan will go on sale in Australia on March 1, 2019, with a Manufacturer’s List Price starting from an unchanged $22,390* for the Civic VTi.

“The Civic sedan remains one of the top choices for private buyers in the small car segment and it continues to offer outstanding value-for-money for customers,” Collins said.

“When you factor in the additional safety technology and the improved functionality of the major cabin controls, the new Civic sedan offers the complete package – performance, quality and reliability, wrapped in a sleek and modern sporty exterior that is sure to catch the eye of small car buyers.”

Civic sedan 19YM pricing

Grade Engine MLP*
VTi 1.8L i-VTEC $22,390
VTi-S 1.8L i-VTEC $24,590
VTi-L 1.5L VTEC Turbo $27,990
RS 1.5L VTEC Turbo $31,990
VTi-LX 1.5L VTEC Turbo $33,690

* Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) excludes Dealer Delivery and statutory charges