Honda has revealed the first details about the 2012 Civic, ahead of its launched later this summer.
A month after unveiling the Civic concepts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda has revealed the first details about the production model that will go on sale later this summer.
Barely distinguishable from the outgoing model, the 2012 Civic emits a strong sense of déjà vu. Notable changes are few and far between, but there are modified bumpers, a revised grille, and restyled taillights. Inside, the sameness continues as overall design is identical with exception of a new steering wheel, a revised instrument cluster, and an updated dashboard.
Under the hood, four different engines will be offered. The mainstream models are outfitted with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 140 hp (104 kW / 142 PS) which allows it to return an estimated 39 mpg highway. Likewise, the Civic HF (High Efficiency) also uses the 1.8-liter engine, but aerodynamic tweaks help to give it an extra 2 mpg highway.
For even more efficiency, the Civic Hybrid has a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and a small electric motor that is powered by lithium-ion batteries. Performance specifications haven't been announced, but Honda expects the car will have a combined efficiency rating of 45 mpg which is a 4 mpg improvement over the current model.
On the other hand, the Civic Si uses a 2.4-liter engine with 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS) and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a new 6-speed manual transmission, which enables the Si to return an estimated 31 mpg highway.
Lastly, a 1.8-liter natural gas model - dubbed the GX - will also be available.
More information will be announced closer to launch, so stay tuned.
Note: Specifications and pictures are for the North American Honda Civic