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Here it is. The Honda Civic facelift is now officially listed on Honda Malaysia’s website, signalling the start of availability. Not a surprise to readers of this website of course – the FB MMC, which appeared in Thailand earlier this year, was listed on oto.my last month, pointing to a Nov 2014 launch. The refreshed C-segment favourite is already in selected Honda showrooms, and we showed you one such example earlier this week.

Plenty of good news, and we’ll start with prices. The Civic range now starts at RM113,800 (OTR including insurance) for the 1.8 S, a reduction of RM2,180 from the July 2012 launch price of RM115,980.

The best part is that there’s no reduced kit to arrive at the reduced price – the entry level Civic now comes with keyless Smart Entry with push start button, cruise control and auto headlamps. Chrome door handles, too. Things like auto air con, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and dual airbags have been retained.

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The new 2.0 S also gets the benefit of auto headlamps, while adding on curtain airbags to the front and side airbags that were already there, making it six airbags in total.

As before, choosing the 2.0 S nets one HID headlamps, eight-way powered driver’s seat, leather seats and steering shift paddles over the 1.8 S. It used to be priced at RM131,980, now the 2.0 S is yours for RM125,800.

The 2.0 Navi variant is essentially the 2.0 S with new piano black trim and a funkier touch screen head unit; the system in question has been upgraded for the facelift.

Now measuring seven inches wide (6.1-inch before), the head unit integrates navigation, Mirror Link (mirrors your smartphone on the screen), Personal Media Access and reverse camera display. There’s also Bluetooth for hands-free calls, two USB ports (just one for the rest) and an HDMI port. The 2.0 Navi price has dropped from RM136,980 to RM132,800.

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The facelift itself isn’t a big job, and you’ll have to squint to notice the difference. The most obvious change is the new honeycomb front grille; now with the chrome element going under, instead of over the Honda logo. Also, the central air intake vent gains chrome highlights. A new colour – Twilight Blue from the CR-V – joins grey, black, white and silver.

As usual, there are Modulo and Mugen accessories to dress up your Civic, available in packages of a la carte. List of items and prices are below in the gallery.

Inside, we spot some trim differences (rings around the driver’s AC vents) and a new shade of blue for the instruments (rev counter, speedo and five-inch multi-info display).

No changes mechanically, so the Civic continues to be powered by a 1.8 litre with 141 PS/174 Nm and a 2.0 litre with 155 PS and 190 Nm. Both SOHC i-VTEC engines are mated to a five-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, with paddle shifters for the 2.0. Brake discs and independent suspension all round, 16-inch alloys for the 1.8 and 17-inch rims for the 2.0.

What do you think of the Civic’s new value proposition?

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