2012 Honda Civic Spied Fully Exposed While Testing in Dubai [video]

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2012 Honda Civic Spied Fully Exposed While Testing in Dubai [video]

For the first time the 2012 Honda Civic has been spied completely undisguised, with both photos and video showing the new compact sedan undergoing hot weather testing in Dubai. Looking not all that different from the current model, Honda seems to be moving away from its more provocative design language to a style that’s intended to not offend anyone.

The overall shape looks to be designed specifically for aerodynamic purposes and with a cabin that looks taller, there’s a resemblance to the first-gen Prius – although with harder lines.

According to Car Middle East, the cars being tested feature a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, which is much smaller than the current 1.8-liter unit. It’s not yet clear if Honda is planning to use direct-injection with this smaller displacement engine in order to keep power at a suitable level. The car does, however, have an ECON button that would upshift the transmission sooner for improved fuel economy.

Other changes include an interior with push buttons for the climate control rather than the traditional knobs.

We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the Civic and see just how close the production models stick to these prototypes.

[Source: Car Middle East]

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  • ManlyAuto

    Some people might call it a boring design, but I find it nice and clean. Simple is good in a time when things are too busy!

  • yoshio

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS NEW HONDA CIVIC 2012, I KNOW HONDA IS GOING TO SHOW TO US THAT HONDA IS THE BEST BRAND CAR WORLD WIDE.

  • William Holloway

    I am debating buying a 2011 Honda Civic Coupe SE but not if the 2012 is going to look and perform better. Are there any early pictures as there is with the four door ?

  • Colum Wood

    None yet, but with the huge improvements rolled out by the likes of Ford, Chevy and Hyundai for their Civic competitors, you can be sure the next Civic will be a BIG jump forward.

  • Immanuel

    LOL!!!!

    This is the 2012 Honda City! hahahaha…dont let them fool yah…
    Look at the 2011 Honda city on google, and you will see that this looks just like that will a few tweeks on the grill and on the tail lights….

    LOL…the face of the 2012 Honda civic is beautiful…check this photo from Honda…

    http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2010/12/2012-honda-civic-concept-previews-next-generation-car-for-detroit-auto-show.html

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