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Already open for booking, the new, highly-awaited 2016 Honda Civic will be launched in the second quarter of this year, Honda Malaysia has confirmed. Seeing as we’re only one and a half months away before the start of the second half, this means that the tenth-generation C-segment sedan will be arriving very soon indeed.

Honda Malaysia claims that the Civic name is synonymous with the brand in the country, with the company selling 81,013 units of the ubiquitous Japanese family car since it introduced the seventh-gen ES in 2001 – of course, that doesn’t include the likely tens of thousands of older models sold under the banner of the previous sole distributor Kah Motor.

Measuring 4,630 mm long, 1,799 mm wide and 1,416 mm tall, the new FC model is longer, lower and wider than the ninth-gen FB, with a low-slung roofline, mask-like front fascia and C-shaped tail lights providing a much more dynamic appearance compared to the dour predecessor. Buyers can add yet more pizzazz to the styling by opting for full-LED headlights and the 1.5 Turbo’s 17-inch alloy wheels (instead of the 1.8’s 16’s).

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Power comes from either a retuned 1.8 litre i-VTEC naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol making 141 PS at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, or a brand-new 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo mill that kicks out 173 PS at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. Both engines are mated exclusively to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The standard kit list is long, with even the base 1.8 litre variant getting Remote Engine Start and Walk Away Auto Lock – the former works at distances of up to 40 metres, while the latter automatically locks all doors when the driver walks away with the key beyond 2.5 metres from the car. An electronic parking brake, a brake hold function and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are also standard across the range.

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Also commendable is the standard safety kit on offer, with all variants getting six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (VSA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors.

Honda Malaysia will be previewing the new Civic at My Auto Fest 2016, happening at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) from May 20 to 22. As usual, we’ll be there to bring you a full live gallery of the car, so stay tuned. In the meantime, read our review of the new Honda Civic here.

GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic in Thailand