For 2015, the Honda Civic receives a new, sportier exterior design and a subtle equipment upgrade, while a new Sport model joins the range with a choice of petrol or diesel engines.

The new look features a revised front bumper with new headlights that incorporate LED running lights into their design.

The rear bumper, too, has been re-profiled, the rear light clusters make use of LED illumination, and the spoiler that runs across the back window has been revised and is now finished in black.

New side skirts round-out the exterior changes for the hatchback; the Civic Tourer, meanwhile, receives a similar front-end treatment.

Inside, there are new seat fabrics and headrests with additional stitching, while the door trims have been revised and now include chrome door handles.

Also new is Honda Connect, the company’s new Android-based infotainment system, which provides access to AM/FM, DAB and Internet Radio, plus Bluetooth connectivity, web browsing and a rear-view parking camera.  A satellite navigation module is available as an option.

Joining the range is a new model, the Civic Sport.  Available in hatchback form and powered by either a 1.6-litre 120PS diesel or 1.8-litre 142PS petrol VTEC unit, it features 17-inch alloy wheels, a front bumper said to be inspired by the forthcoming Type R with mesh grilles, body-colour rear spoiler, and black interior roof lining.

All Civics now come with Honda’s city brake system that aims to prevent collisions at speeds below 30 kmh.