We’ve already known for months now that the first shipment of 2012 Honda Civic sedans were on sale in the UAE quietly. According to Honda, the Japanese carmaker “faced immense challenges in its production capabilities due to the earthquake & tsunami disasters in March 2011.” Honda was in short supply of the new models, so they did not actively advertise the fact that limited numbers were already available, which was likely sold out easily enough. But Honda has now released full details about their new model.
The shape of the 2012 Honda Civic looks similar to the previous one, but structurally, the front A-pillars were moved forward and the rear C-pillars were moved backwards. Interior passenger volume has improved by 104.7 litres with gains in the shoulder, front and rear hip rooms. The new Civic retains the two-tiered instrument panel. The boot is also larger.
The 2012 Civic has a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine with 139 hp at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm, with a 5-speed automatic and front-wheel-drive, all pretty much the same as before. However, the new model boasts better fuel economy due to various weight-reducing and aerodynamic measures.
Available new features include a new Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) standard on EXI and VTI, which displays a wide variety of driver’s selected information including Audio, Trip computer, Fuel economy, HFT, and Clock. The display can also be personalised by uploading a wallpaper of choice. An Econ mode is standard on all grades to help improve fuel efficiency by controlling the AC compressor load and changing the engine throttle characteristics. Also, in choosing to drive in an Econ mode, it helps improve the driving habits by observing the ambient lights guide.
The EXI and VTI also get a standard rear-view camera, Bluetooth phone, USB port, cruise control, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, 6-speaker stereo and 16-inch alloy wheels. The base LXi gets 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps and a 2-speaker CD/MP3 stereo, but retains power windows, disc brakes and keyless entry. A sunroof and fog lights are optional on the EXi and standard on the VTi. The VTi additionally gets HID headlights and auto a/c.
In terms of safety, all Civics get front airbags, ABS with EBD, front active headrests and even stability control. The VTi additionally gets side and curtain airbags.
The base LXi is priced at Dhs 75,000, while the EXi can be had for Dhs 80,000. The EXi with a sunroof and foglamps goes for Dhs 85,000, while the VTi is priced at a whopping Dhs 90,000 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Check out UAE prices and GCC specs in the Honda Civic buyer guide.