Top: 2013 Civic USDM facelift, bottom left: Honda Civic USDM pre-facelift, bottom right: Malaysian Civic

This is one of the quickest facelifts in history, coming in at only 1.5 years after the current 9th generation Honda Civic sedan was unveiled in the US. This is the US market car which looks different than our Asian market model to begin with, and the US car’s facelift was designed to correct criticism from the US market, so the Asian Civic that’s in our market might not get any update.

It will make its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29. The Civic features a new open-mouth lower bumper with a horizontal chrome accent and a sportier, black honeycomb mesh grille, anchored by new integrated fog lights on upper trims. The grille is flanked by new clear-lens corner lights. There’s also a new more deeply faceted hood and a collection of new wheel designs.


Top: 2013 Civic USDM facelift, bottom left: Honda Civic USDM pre-facelift, bottom right: Malaysian Civic

The rear of the US market Civic has also been updated. A new rear bumper design and new rear trunk lid are capped by a clean, horizontal chrome trim piece. The rear bumper features integrated reflector treatments and a new lower diffuser panel finished with a honeycomb mesh vent.

The US market car’s taillights are now L-shaped and now carries into the trunk face. The pre-facelift US market tail lamps were kind of triangle shaped, and for the Asian Civic that we get here, it has a similiar triangle tail lamps design with a small part that extends onto the boot lid, like a sideways ‘tree’.