There’s a new variant of the 8th generation Honda Civic in town – the Civic 1.8S-L, which sits between the 1.8S and the 2.0S. Think of it as the Civic equivalent of the Accord 2.0 VTi-L; you can opt for the smaller engine and get some of the big engined car’s luxuries.

The 1.8S-L is priced at RM119,980 (OTR with insurance), which is RM5,000 more costly than the 1.8S. For that premium, you get cruise control, audio and cruise buttons on the steering wheel, door mirrors with side signals, a sliver panel surrounding the meter, chrome outer door handles and leather seats.

All these kit were previously only available on the 2.0S, which costs RM130,980. Things like 17-inch alloys, blue ambient lighting, shift paddles and side airbags remain exclusive to the 2.0-litre car. With this new variant, Honda Malaysia has targeted a 750-unit monthly sales target for the Civic, with 30% of buyers expected to opt for the 1.8S-L.

Pictures after the jump.

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