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by Tim Beissmann

The first official images and details of the 2013 Honda Civic have been released ahead of the updated small sedan’s unveiling at the Los Angeles auto show on November 29.

The upgrades, which apply only to North America and do not affect the Honda Civic sedan sold in Australia, come little more than 18 months after Honda launched the ninth-generation Civic in the US.

The updated Civic will seek to boost the appeal of the Japanese car that was widely criticised by US automotive media at the time of its original launch in April, 2011.

Honda says the 2013 Civic will benefit from “a host of safety, feature, comfort, chassis and interior styling enhancements” as it targets a younger market with a more premium product.

The Honda Civic sedan now gets a sportier front end with a larger, black honeycomb grille with a chrome border along the lower edge, clear-lens headlights, a reshaped bonnet, and a horizontal chrome bar through the lower air intake.

Redesigned alloy wheels freshen the Civic’s profile, while the rear features a new boot lid, L-shaped tail-lights, and a remodelled bumper and mesh-vented diffuser.

Full details of the North American-specification 2013 Honda Civic will be confirmed in Los Angeles later this month.

Honda Australia’s Melissa Cross told CarAdvice there were no upgrades planned for our Civic sedan, which launched locally in February and was upgraded with the Thailand-sourced Series II in July.




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