x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

iSpy: 2012 Honda Civic

The first prototype, planned for release late this year or early 2012, is being tested near the company's development centre in Germany.

The new Honda Civic. Lehmann Photo Syndication
The new Honda Civic. Lehmann Photo Syndication

Honda started working on the prototypes of its next-generation Civic last year, and we caught the first prototype, wearing only thin disguise, testing close to its development centre in Germany. The compact hatch was launched way back in 1972, and the current model made its debut in 2005. We expect the new model to arrive in late 2011 or spring 2012. The prototype snapped here came in with a similar wheelbase, but slightly wider track compared with the current car, so we reckon overall dimensions won't differ much from today's model. This shot give us a better impression of the new Civic's front grille, the handles of the rear side doors and the entire roof line as well as the greenhouse. Power will continue to come from four-cylinder petrol and turbodiesel units delivering between 80hp and 140hp. The current 1.3L, 115hp hybrid motor should be carried over for the new model as well.