It’s been a number of months since the facelifted Honda City has been on sale here, but its Japanese counterpart, the Grace, has finally been launched in the Land of the Rising Sun. The B-segment sedan gets all of the visual upgrades that we get, but also receives some added toys of its own.

As we’ve seen on the City, the Grace has received a fairly significant remodelling, including redesigned headlights – now LED units on the top Hybrid LX and EX models – with a different shape. The chrome bar, which now extends over the headlights Civic-style, is also slimmer than before, while the grille features a honeycomb mesh and a chrome strip. The front bumper has also been given a more elegant design.

At the rear, there’s a sportier rear bumper design and a ducktail spoiler with an integrated LED third brake light. Finishing it off are new 16 inch two-tone alloy wheels on the Hybrid EX, as well as new Lunar Silver and Brilliant Sporty Blue paint options – the latter was taken off the local City’s colour palette in 2015.

Inside, changes are limited to new upholstery options and LED map and room lights, along with a revised, more convenient InterNavi navigation system option with Apple CarPlay compatibility. As with the recently-facelifted Fit, the Grace is also now available with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assists.

These include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), autonomous Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Road Departure Warning (RDW) and Mitigation (RDM), false start suppression, traffic sign detection, auto high beam and a vehicle start warning to alert drivers when the vehicle in front is leaving from a traffic light stop.

As before, the range consists of petrol and Hybrid variants, with the former getting a 1.5 litre direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC engine pushes out 132 PS at 6,600 rpm and 155 Nm at 4,600 rpm, sent through an Earth Dreams CVT. Fuel consumption is rated at 22.0 km per litre on the Japanese JC08 combined cycle.

The Hybrid model mates a 110 PS/134 Nm 1.5 litre petrol mill with a 30 PS/160 Nm electric motor integrated into a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, along with a lithium-ion battery. The result is 137 PS and 170 Nm, as well as a fuel consumption figure of 34.8 km per litre – up from 34.4 km per litre before.

No word on any other improvements to the Sport Hybrid i-DCD powertrain, but Honda revised the system on the Fit to improve acceleration smoothness, and has also made the system more durable thanks to two years of on-road testing on Malaysian roads to prepare the Hybrid model for our market – Japanese and Malaysian models share the same hardware and tuning. Expect those same updates to be found on the Grace Hybrid.

Pricing starts at 1,769,040 yen (RM67,000) for the petrol LX, rising up to 1,979,640 yen (RM75,000) for the Hybrid DX. Moving on, the Hybrid LX with Honda Sensing costs 2,236,680 yen (RM84,800), while the top-spec Hybrid EX retails at 2,353,320 yen (RM89,200). All-wheel drive costs an additional 216,000 yen (RM8,200) across the range.