“Isn’t that the new Civic?” Hafriz asked me and photographer Sherman as we wiped down our test car of the week for photography. An early Sunday morning to Putrajaya and familiarity with the car meant that I took a while to register the impact – this is the first time we’re seeing a tenth-generation Honda Civic in Malaysia, in local spec. Sherman duly whipped out his camera.

Our cropped pics don’t show the leading camera vehicle, but the FC was starring in a video shoot, likely to be the local Honda Malaysia (HM) TVC. A registered and tinted example, the radically-styled C-segment sedan is seen here in Turbo form, with the same 17-inch, two-tone alloys from the Thai-spec Turbo RS (with Continental MC5 tyres, Bridgestone Turanzas in Thailand) and full LED headlamps.

As shared in our pre-launch review of the Civic 1.8 and 1.5 Turbo, our local top-spec car won’t get the Thai range topper’s “RS” moniker and unique items (gloss black winged grille, full length raised spoiler, RS boot badge) but there will be a range of Modulo accessories to kit up your FC.

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A “VTEC Turbo” emblem on the bootlid as per the Indonesian Civic Turbo is expected, but HM isn’t going as far as tacking on step-down mufflers to make the twin pipes visible (they’re designed to be discreet).

Not much else to note other than what should be the signature colour for the car in Malaysia – a dark silver that’s lighter in hue compared to Honda’s usual grey. It nicely shows off the myriad lines and surfaces of this fastback-style sedan.

The new Civic is now open for booking, with HM revealing that all variants (1.8 NA and 1.5 Turbo, both CVT) will get six airbags and an eight-way powered driver’s seat. We understand that the VSA, electronic parking brake with brake hold function, Remote Engine Start and Walk Away Auto Lock will also be across the board. Read our full review of the FC Civic and a new vs old gallery with the outgoing ninth-gen.

GALLERY: Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo RS, Thai-spec