Honda has announced a number of upgrades for the 2019 Honda Civic. The changes will include new design cues inside and out, standard Honda Sensing technology for all trims, and a new Display Audio system with physical buttons and a volume knob. The cosmetic changes are subtle, understandably for a model that was released just a couple of years back. These include a restyled lower bumper that gives the Civic a wider look, along with a new blacked-out headlight treatment. The Honda-signature ‘wing’ design on the grille also gets a new gloss black treatment. At the rear, the Civic’s lower bumper receives a chrome strip to add a more upmarket aura.

Inside, the 2019 model benefits from a number of subtle improvements centered on providing a more refined driving and ownership experience. The Display Audio system, standard on Sport trims and above, has been updated with a new interface that includes a volume knob and physical buttons for key functions, in addition to improved Bluetooth integration with easier device pairing.

Additional improvements on all trims include redesigned steering wheel controls for more intuitive operation, a new centre console cup holder that better holds larger beverages, and updated dash trim with gunmetal gray on LX trims, metallic finish on EX, EX-L and Touring, and with an embossed finish on Sport trims.

All variants will also benefit from additional sound insulation in the floor, trunk, and front fenders, with new sound insulation in the rear fenders.

Technology features have also been upgraded, with Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive systems being standard, including new automatic high beams. While this is the case in the US market, it needs to be seen if the same applies here. Additional standard features in the American market on all trims include electronic parking brake with an automatic Brake Hold feature and a 7.0in digital TFT instrument cluster.

Civic EX models receive the new Display Audio system as well, in addition to newly standard dual zone automatic climate control with new fan speed buttons. New for 2019, Civic EX saloon also receives an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Additional Civic EX features include 17in alloy wheels, a power moonroof, Honda’s exclusive Lane Watch side-view camera, hands-free entry with push button start, an updated audio system with 8 speakers, heated front seats and exterior mirrors and remote start. The EX-L trimadds leather-trimmed seats, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

To be available first in the US market from October 10, the refreshed model is expected to make its way into other global markets as well.


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