Facelifted 2015 Honda Civic Gets New Type R-Inspired Sports Derivative

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Honda has refreshed its Civic hatchback and Tourer models in Europe, both cosmetically and technologically, while also adding a new Sport grade to the range.

The mid-life tonic gives both 2015 Civics a new pair of headlamps with integrated daytime running lights and a redesigned front bumper, while the hatchback further benefits from a restyled rear bumper, side skirts, rear spoiler and LED rear combination lamps.

Minor enhancements were made to the Civic's interior, with fresh designs for the seat fabrics, new door trims with chrome door handles and a control panel finished in a metallic black.

More importantly, Honda is introducing its new Android 4.0.4 –powered Connect in-car audio and information system with swipe and tap functionality for the seven-inch display screen.

A new automatic low-speed braking system called City- Brake Active (CTBA) is now standard across the range.

We'll forgive you for mistaking the blue model in the pictures for a milder Type R; it’s actually a new addition named Sports, which Honda says, comes with "visual links to forthcoming Type R".

Unfortunately, it all starts and stops with the cosmetic stuff as there are no changes under the hood with the Sport offered with the regular 120PS (118hp) 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel and 142PS (140hp).

Even the visual features are limited to a new bumper that echoes the styling of the upcoming (and turbocharged) Civic Type R, a color-coded rear spoiler and unique 17-inch alloy wheels finished in black.

The 2015 Civic will debut at the Paris Auto Show.

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