Honda Civic Sport 2015Honda has given the Civic and Civic Tourer range a striking visual facelift and added a new Civic Sport variant as part of the build-up to the 2015 Civic Type R. 

The refreshed Honda Civic range will debut at the Paris Motor Show 2014 prior to going on sale for the 2015 model year.

Visual changes include new headlights with a built in LED daytime running light signature strip, a smooth front bumper and, on the Civic hatch, new side skirts, rear spoiler and bumper plus LED rear lights.

Honda has also responded to ongoing complaints that the interior is too cheap. It boasts new door trims with chrome doorhandles, upgraded seat trims and a more premium-look metallic black control panel.

Finally, Honda’s painfully dated infotainment system has been replaced by a new Honda Connect setup. This uses an Android operating system and boasts smartphone-style swipe, pinch and tap functionality for the seven-inch colour touchscreen; it also includes DAB and internet radio, internet browsing and optional sat nav.

All 2015 Honda Civics get an insurance-friendly auto-brake collision avoidance system, operating at speeds of 18mph or below as standard.

The new Civic Sport variant uses either the 142hp 1.8-litre petrol or 1.6-litre 120hp turbodiesel engine. Honda adds a new front bumper with black mesh inserts, colour coded rear spoiler, 17-inch alloys and, inside, a Golf GTI-style black rooflining. Honda doesn’t reveal if it’s had any chassis changes though.

The 2015 Honda Civic range, and the new Civic Sport, will be revealed in full at the Paris Motor Show 2014 on 2 October; prices and on sale dates will be announced later.