Honda was caught off guard when consumers and critics panned their redesigned Civic, so the company has just unveiled an emergency facelift in Los Angeles.
On the styling front, the sedan has been revamped for a "more youthful and premium feel." As part of the makeover the car was equipped with modified bumpers, a new hood and a black honeycomb mesh grille. There are also restyled headlights, additional chrome trim and updated alloy wheels.
While the coupe doesn't benefit from the exterior styling tweaks, both models have an upgraded interior with revised upholstery, soft-touch materials and new silver accents. The Civic also comes with additional standard equipment including an i-MID display, a rearview camera, an exterior temperature gauge and Bluetooth/USB/iPod connectivity. Lastly, there's additional sound deadening material and a thicker windscreen to limit noise, vibration and harshness.
Engine options carryover, but the model gains a retuned suspension with stiffer springs and thicker stabilizer bars. There's also a revised electric power steering system which promises to deliver improved handling and feel.
The 2013 Civic sedan goes on sale today and U.S. pricing starts at $18,165. The Civic coupe, on the other hand, will be launched on December 5th and retail for $17,965.