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Late last night, Honda Malaysia updated its website to include the facelifted 2014 Honda Civic, with added levels of equipment despite a marginal drop in price. With the car already in showrooms, we headed out to give you a comprehensive first look at the refreshed C-segment fighter from the house that Soichiro built.

You’re going to be really hard-pressed to tell the latest Civic from the outgoing model at a glance, the only discernible external revisions being a new honeycomb grille with the chrome highlight routed below the Honda logo instead of above it, as well as a chrome bar across the lower air intake. Interior changes are similarly minor, limited to chrome surrounds on the driver’s side air vents.

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Mechanicals have been left well alone – buyers still get a choice between 141 PS/174 Nm 1.8 litre or 155 PS/190 Nm 2.0 litre SOHC VTEC four-cylinder engines, with all models getting a five-speed automatic transmission as well as all-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes.

Of more interest is the amount of new kit on board. The 1.8S model in the pictures is the entry-level variant, but it now gets keyless entry, push button start, cruise control and automatic headlights, all while being RM2,180 cheaper at RM115,980 on-the-road including insurance. As before, items like automatic climate control, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and dual airbags are fitted as standard.

The 2.0S model continues to offer auto-levelling HID headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels (as opposed to 16-inchers on the 1.8), side indicators on the door mirrors, an eight-way powered driver’s seat, leather upholstery, steering wheel shift paddles and side airbags, but now also adds curtain airbags to make it six in total. You’d now have to fork out a whopping RM6,180 less for this model, which now sits at RM125,800.

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Range-topping 2.0 Navi models get a new 7.0-inch touchscreen (up from 6.1 inches) infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, MirrorLink smartphone interoperability, Personal Media Access and a reverse camera. There’s also two USB ports (the rest get just one) as well as a HDMI port similar to that found on the Jazz and City 1.5V models. The price has dropped by RM4,180 to RM132,800.

A new colour – Twilight Blue from the CR-V – joins four previously-available colours of Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Taffeta White and Alabaster Silver Metallic. As usual, there are Modulo and Mugen accessories to dress up your Civic, available in packages – costing RM7,600 and RM8,500 respectively – or a la carte.