After receiving less than stellar reviews of its new Civic, Honda will reveal an updated version of the popular compact in November AutoGuide has learned, more than a year ahead of the usual mid-cycle refresh.
First introduced for 2012, critics panned the car in several areas, though mostly in regards to exterior styling and interior materials. In addition, the 2012 Civic failed to exceed, or even match, fuel economy numbers of some of its rivals including the 40 mpg Hyundai Elantra.
Expected to receive cosmetic changes, a Honda representative wouldn’t comment further on any mechanical updates, though indicated added improvements are a possibility.
The Civic is expected to eventually get a direct-injection version of the current 1.8-liter engine, plus a CVT transmission that could help increase horsepower while improving fuel economy by 10 percent or more.
Further reenforcing the possibility that the 2013 Civic could get more significant changes, our Honda source did reveal that regional press events will be held throughout the US to get journalists into the updated Civic, while in Canada (where the Civic enjoys the status of being that nation’s best selling car), a national launch program for journalists is being organized for November.
Honda is planning a press conference for the LA Auto Show, with the strong possibility that a refreshed Civic will debut there