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Spy Shots: 2012 Honda Civic

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Spy Shots: 2012 Honda Civic

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


September 2nd, 2010

With the brand new 2012 Ford Focus, 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2011 Volkswagen Jetta coming onto the market over the next 12 months, all with fresh styling, new levels of quality and premium features, one of the small car segment's stalwarts, the Honda Civic, will soon be faced with some serious competition. Not surprisingly, the Civic is also due for an update as these latest spy shots reveal.

Entering its ninth generation in the U.S., the new Honda Civic should arrive late next year as a 2012 model in both gasoline only and hybrid forms. The car will remain front-wheel drive for cost and packaging reasons, with a four-cylinder the most likely option. Customers will likely be able to choose from a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a manual transmission.

Compared to previous shots of the European Civic, it’s evident that the U.S. market Civic will feature a longer wheelbase, a more conventional sedan bodystyle and a lower profile.

Not much else is known about the car but there are rumors that a new three-cylinder engine option will join the four-cylinder range. There’s also word that the hybrid system from the recently revealed CR-Z Hybrid will make it into the new 2012 Honda Civic.



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Not sure where "MotorAuthority" is getting their rumors of a CVT across the line or a possible 3-cyl. Don't expect anything but an evolution of the current Civic. CVT for the hybrid, 5AT or 5MT for the regular models, and 6MT for the Si. The regular model will have an updated R-series 1.8L or perhaps a mild increase in displacement to 1.9L. The Si will probably come with a K20 or K24 variant, or possibly a new K22 engine. The hybrid could get the 1.5L, but I bet it will be 1.3L again. Curb weight and size will probably be similar to the current model. Mileage will probably increase 1 or 2 points from improved drivetrain efficiency and better aerodynamics.

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American Honda Civic Sedan spied for the first time

American Honda Civic Sedan spy photo / Copyright S. B. Medien

By Brian Potter

September 2, 2010 5:00 am

Filed Under: Honda, Japanese, Spy Photos

Just a few weeks ago spies caught the next-generation European Honda Civic 5-door testing near the Nürburgring. This time the sedan version which is slated for the American market was caught.

Looking pretty close to an alleged leaked image, the sedan has been an icon of practicality and reliability. However, newcomers such as the Hyundai Elantra and Suzuki Kizashi have upped the ante with dramatic styling, and that's not good for this ninth generation Civic as it looks quite drab, even in prototype form.



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By Mark Kleis

When Honda first planned to release its 9th generation Civic, it had planned on doing so in the summer of 2010 with a model year 2011 vehicle – until the Japanese automaker caught wind of the stiff competition and upcoming ever-more-strict CAFE standards.

Honda then went back to the drawing board and heavily revised its plans for the next Civic – a car that is the epitome of the automaker because of its legendary value, reliability and fuel efficient nature. Honda knew it couldn’t afford to release a Civic that wasn’t ever bit as good as the first eight generations were for their perspective release periods.

Although the front and rear fascias of this Civic sedan prototype are thoroughly masked in camouflage, the side profile is mostly uncovered, giving a clear picture of what to expect. Styling appears to be certainly more evolutionary than revolutionary, as Honda apparently decided to take a page out of Porsche’s very successful playbook that calls for keeping things that aren’t broken mostly unchanged.

What was very revealing from these spy photos, however, was the hugely exposed interior door panel. The shots shows a new design, but based on extensive use of what appear to be hard plastics and cheaper materials, this model is likely representative of a base model Civic.

Details are still quite scarce about this car, but some rumors have suggested the current generation’s 1.8-liter engine might see a slight bump to an even 2.0-liters. We do also expect to see the performance-oriented Si line to continue on with this redesign.



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Spy Shots: 2012 Honda Civic prototype holds on to two-tier dash

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Sep 3rd 2010 at 7:30PM

After seeing a handful of spy shots of the next-generation Euro-spec Honda Civic, the North American car is finally starting to show up out roaming the heat-soaked roads of Death Valley. When the new Civic arrives next year, it won't be that much larger than the current car, and the overall shape looks to have stayed the same, though substantial changes to the front and rear fascias are definitely on deck.

Our spies were able to get a peek inside the Civic's cabin, showing that the two-tiered dash theme from the current car will likely be carried over to the new Civic. This means we can expect a digital speedometer on the top shelf with an analog tach below, and while we've never been big fans of this arrangement, it has its adherents among Civic fans.

We're not expecting to see the Civic debut until sometime in 2011, possibly at the Detroit or New York auto shows. For now, check out Honda's latest prototype from all angles in our gallery below.



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