Brake and suspension upgrades are included, and driver-assist features are newly standard.

CarAndDriver, By Joey Capparella

© CarAndDriver | 2020 Honda Civic Type R Adds Features and a Great New Color

Honda is revising the Civic Type R hot hatchback for 2020.

There are tweaks to the styling inside and out along with changes to the suspension and brakes. Driver-assist features are newly standard.

Pricing isn't available yet, but Honda says the 2020 Civic Type R will go on sale later this year.

The Civic Type R races into the 2020 model year with a few changes, some more significant than others. Honda has revised the suspension and brakes, while also modifying the styling inside and out and adding standard driver-assist features though we didn't really miss them in such a driver-focused car, to begin with.

Pictured here is the 2020 Type R in its new Boost Blue exterior color, which reminds us of the blue hue often used by Honda modifier Spoon. You'll also be able to spot the 2020 model thanks to its larger front grille opening that's said to help engine cooling. Inside, the steering wheel is now wrapped in faux suede and the shifter has a different design and shorter throws.

Performance enhancements include new brake rotors and pads that are intended to reduce fade, and a revised suspension with tweaked dampers, stiffer rear bushings, and unspecified changes to the front suspension setup meant to improve steering feel. Fake sound is now part of the equation, and supposedly adjusts its intensity based on the different driving modes.

We don't usually mind when high-performance cars like this are missing driver-assist features, but Honda decided to add its Honda Sensing package as standard anyway. That means the 2020 Civic Type R now has features such as forward collision warning, lane-departure alert, and automatic emergency braking.

Honda hasn't yet shared an on-sale date or updated pricing for the 2020 Civic Type R, but we should find out more details later this year before it hits dealerships.

This article was originally published in CarAndDriver.
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