Honda Civic Type-R, Civic 5-door & Accord Crosstour in Dubai
Honda is skipping the 2009 Dubai Motor Show, but that did not stop their UAE office from previewing new models for next year, at a press event in Dubai yesterday. The 2010 Honda Civic 5-door hatchback, Honda Civic Type-R hatchback and the Honda Accord Crosstour were displayed. Also launched were a range of original Mugen accessories.
The UK-built Honda Civic 5-door hatchback will only be available in a top-of-the-range trim level as a 140 hp 1.8-litre niche model, so it will go for around Dhs 90,000 when it goes on sale in March GCC-wide.
The UK-built Honda Civic Type-R will also likely come in one manual-gearbox trim, and the Middle East is the first region outside Europe to get the left-hand-drive version of the hatchback. Fitted with a 201 hp 2.0-litre, it might go for around Dhs 110,000 when it hits showrooms in March.
The US-built Honda Accord Crosstour recently debuted in the United States, and this is the first time that it has been shown overseas. Powered by a 271 hp 3.5-litre V6, this all-wheel-drive crossover will go on sale here in July. We are guessing it will cost Dhs 120,000.
Also launched were body kits and wheels by Honda-affiliated tuners Mugen, for the Honda Civic sedan and the Honda Accord sedan. The kits will be available painted and installed by the dealer, although prices have yet to be decided. The kits will be offered in February.
Incidentally, Trading Enterprises, the UAE dealer for Honda, will become more aligned with the rest of the dealer network under the Al-Futtaim network that handles Toyota and Lexus, so there will be some “changes” in the way that they operate from now on. Keep track of further developments in the Honda buyer guide.
Event photos by Faisal Khatib