Has it been three years already? Not for us, but the current FC generation Honda Civic was unveiled in the US in September 2015, which makes it a month short of three years ago. Time flies and we’re now looking at the mid-life facelift, the 2019 Honda Civic.

No big change from the well-received 10th-generation Civic, which is expected. After all, the Civic is targeting its third consecutive year as America’s number one retail-selling car and its eighth straight year as the top retail-selling compact car (excluding fleet sales). The FC is also the most popular car in America with under-35-year-olds for eight of the past nine years, Honda says. Cumulative sales of the current generation Civic will surpass one million units this year.

The refreshed 2019 Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe boast updated styling, a new Sport trim for both body styles and standard Honda Sensing tech on all trim levels.

The styling updates are evolutionary, and focuses on further accentuating the Civic’s low and wide stance. In front, there’s a new piano black “wing” on the grille (replaces chrome) and a restyled lower fascia. The look now is one-piece instead of three, and there’s a full-width front splitter and chrome side pod accents, too. It looks the same to us, but Honda says that the LED and halogen headlights have been updated.

At the back, there’s now a chrome accent on the lower rear bumper of the Sedan and new wheel designs for both two- and four-door models – including larger 18-inch rims on the Touring trim in the US.

There’s a new Civic Sport trim positioned between the LX and EX, which Honda claims offers the looks and features budget-conscious enthusiasts are looking for. The Sport gets piano black on the lower front fascia and side pod accents, and for the Sedan, an added rear decklid spoiler. A splitter-style rear lower bumper incorporating a Civic Si-style chrome polygonal exhaust tip is included. 18-inch 10-spoke rims round things up. The Coupes seen here are in Sport trim.

The Sport is powered by a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated DOHC i-VTEC engine mated to either a CVT automatic with G-Shift Control or a six-speed manual for lucky Americans. The new trim also gets an updated seven-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and volume button.

In the kit department, all 2019 Civics from LX to Touring will come with Honda Sensing as standard. The pack includes Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation incorporating Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System and Adaptive Cruise Control. Honda says that for the 2019 model year, Sensing is either standard or optional on all its models in the US. The company plans to make it standard on all US cars by the 2022 model year.

This facelift is only for the Civic Sedan and Coupe; with the Hatchback, Civic Si and Civic Type R remaining untouched for now. What do you think of the new look? This or the pre-facelift front fascia for you?

GALLERY: Honda Civic 1.8S