Honda's updated Civic hatchback will arrive in Australia early in 2020, with a set of small changes to keep it fresh amid strong competition.
Honda Australia says the facelifted hatch will be "a similar update to the one Civic sedan received in February this year" – which means minor styling and trim tweaks are in the works, as previewed by the 2020 Civic hatch revealed for Europe earlier this week.
Compared to the current model, the updated Civic revealed in the EU gets a revised front bumper with full LED headlamps, and updated LED daytime running lights.
There are also detail changes to the rear bumper, and a range of new alloy wheel designs to help differentiate the updated model.
It also gets a revised infotainment system with a proper volume knob and fixed buttons for the main infotainment functions, and hard buttons for the fan speed on cars with dual-zone climate control, changes rolled into the Civic sedan in February this year.
Expect the updated Civic to feature the same 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine in base models making 104kW and 174Nm with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol serving 127kW and 220Nm in high-grade cars.
Year-to-date, the Civic is sitting on 8769 reported sales – down from 11,339 at the same point in 2018.