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2012 Honda Civic exposedCAR Middle East has done it again - were the first ones in the world to bring you the first pictures of the nextgeneration of the Civic sedan, completely naked of all camouflage!Dubai Media City, Dubai, October 12, 2010 /India PRwire/ -- CAR Middle East has done it again - were the firstones in the world to bring you the first pictures of the next generation of the Civic sedan, completely naked of allcamouflage!We snapped these twin silver prototypes during a spell of early morning hot weather testing. Apart from a fewmissing H badges, this is the Civic you can expect to see in UAE showrooms next year. As our pictures show, itsvery similar in dimensions to the existing GCC model with a comparable midsection; the glasshouse, doors andwing mirrors look to be unchanged.The front fascia is where the big news is - gone are the old models undulating curves over pronounced arches anddrooping headlamps, replaced by a sharper, wedgier front end and what looks to be a wider lower air intake.Optional foglight cutouts are on either side, disguised by heavy lashings of pesky silver gaffer tape. That tape isalso present at the base of the A-pillar and the C-pillar as well over the rear bumper, so we suspect there may be afew stylistic surprises yet to come.Out front, the earlier striking chrome moustache framing the central Honda emblem is now a fairly generic three-bargrille, while the angular headlamps look to be the same as the ones found on US market models. Note thecharacter line that starts from the end of the front lights, spears off and extends all the way to the arrow-shapedrear cluster. The latter has lost its former GT-R-ish four circular brake lamps in favour of a squishy hexagonal lookthats vaguely reminiscent of its baby City brother. A slim, almost vestigial spoiler caps the pert rear end.The unique "folding-hands" wiper arrangement looks to have been retained atop the steeply raked - and vast, startsaving up for tint folks! - windshield, but the old printed antenna seems to have been given the heave-ho in favourof a traditional (and probably cheaper) stubby aerial mounted BMW-style above the rear windshield.Suitably-chunky 16-inch five -spoke alloys round off the major exterior changes.Inside, the two-tier dashboard has been retained, raked even more steeply toward the driver. The steering wheel isstill a three-spoke affair but it now sports two four way controllers on each side instead of the earlier toggles. Goneare the knob-based temperature and fanspeed controls, with a slew of buttons taking their place. Thats below whatlooks like a double-DIN touch-based navigation system - tuners of the world rejoice, your favourite rolling musicplatform still lives.On the far left of the dashboard, youll notice a single, very large green button that says "Econ". On overseasmodels, pressing this switch sets the engine, transmission and cooling functions to maximum efficiency, althoughjudging by our hot climes, its unlikely to get much use here. We didnt get a chance to look under the hood, but oursources suggest that the engine being tested is a 1.5 litre unit, which if true is significantly smaller than the existing1.8 140bhp one. Hello fuel efficiency, goodbye acceleration.Overall, outside of the few details we couldnt discern, it looks to be a blander, more generic version of a car thatshould be at the very heartland of Honda thinking. The earlier, space-age Civic landed like an atomic bomb in thecompact car market, sending arch-rivals like Toyota and Nissan scurrying back to the drawing board to bring outmore exciting-looking sedans.Now Honda looks to be losing faith in its daring design direction, delivering a cheese-wedge sedan that could easilybe mistaken for - whisper it - one of the equally wedgy Koreans that are flooding out of South East Asia. Orperhaps its merely a reflection of these austere times where sobriety is a virtue. Either way: we want our old Hondaback.For more information, please contact:Bertrand Iroegbu page 1 / 2