Today is all about the Honda City facelift, which made its world debut in Thailand this afternoon. The refreshed City sports a new front end inspired by the current Civic – which has captured the imagination of many – plus some minor trim and leather changes inside. The top models get paddle shifters and smartphone connectivity has been improved. No changes to the mechanicals and Thai prices.

It may be just a minor refresh, but arch-rival Toyota isn’t going to let Honda enjoy the spotlight all to itself. The big T has an ace up its sleeve as well, and the Bangkok Post reports that a facelifted Vios will be launched in Thailand. How soon? Next week!

In March last year, the Vios was given a update that didn’t alter the compact sedan’s looks, but gave it an all-new heart. The update, which arrived here in October 2016, gave the Vios a new 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine and a CVT automatic gearbox with seven virtual ratios to replace the long-serving four-speed auto.

With the technical update already checked, this round of updates has to be a facelift in the more traditional sense – with design updates to keep the Vios looking fresh next to the City. Last April, Toyota wheeled out a Vios facelift for the China market – that car’s big-mouthed face is very similar the aggressive new look of the 2018 Toyota Camry that was unveiled in Detroit this week. Will ASEAN get this fearsome face?

Let the games begin!

GALLERY: China-market Toyota Vios facelift