2009 Honda Civic hits Dubai showrooms
The Honda Civic, which remained unchanged since 2006, has received a minor facelift for the 2009 model year.
The 2009 Civic, as seen at Dubai and other UAE dealerships, now has a redesigned front grille, a reshaped bumper, and not much else new on the outside.
Trim levels include the basic LXi, the mid-level EXi and the top VTi, all sharing the same 1.8-litre engine, now rated at 138 hp and 174 Nm of torque. Standard features on all trims now include 16-inch wheels, ABS brakes, dual front airbags, CD/MP3 player, cruise control, body-coloured exterior trim, power windows and mirrors, and a 5-speed automatic gearbox, with a manual gearbox available only on the LXi. The EXi receives a standard automatic gearbox only, and adds stability control, optional sunroof, turn signals on the mirrors, upgraded stereo with 4 speakers, USB jack and steering wheel controls, and outside temperature gauge. The VTi adds side-curtain airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, standard automatic gearbox with paddle shifters, standard sunroof, optional leather, automatic a/c, chrome exhaust tip, foglights and HID headlights.
With these additional standard features, expect yet another minor jump in prices, as the compact Civic almost becomes a competitor to basic midsize sedans. The new model is now on sale in the GCC.
For updated information, check out the Honda Civic car buyer guide.