• Sep 3, 2010
2012 Honda Civic spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

After seeing a handful of spy shots of the next-generation Euro-spec Honda Civic, the North American car is finally starting to show up out roaming the heat-soaked roads of Death Valley. When the new Civic arrives next year, it won't be that much larger than the current car, and the overall shape looks to have stayed the same, though substantial changes to the front and rear fascias are definitely on deck.

2012 Honda Civic interior spy shotOur spies were able to get a peek inside the Civic's cabin, showing that the two-tiered dash theme from the current car will likely be carried over to the new Civic. This means we can expect a digital speedometer on the top shelf with an analog tach below, and while we've never been big fans of this arrangement, it has its adherents among Civic fans.

We're not expecting to see the Civic debut until sometime in 2011, possibly at the Detroit or New York auto shows. For now, check out Honda's latest prototype from all angles in our gallery below.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      My mom loves the two tiered dash, because she can confidently watch how fast my dad is driving and tell him that he is speeding. Maybe they will have a factory option this time around for built in radar detector, then she can even tell him that there are cops around.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In my view the two-tier dash is unattractive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That interior is not going to win them any converts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, the Civic's number one in sales and the Corolla's number two. If you can tell me how the Civic can improve itself while also appealing to people who love a Corolla, you'd be the greatest marketing genius on the planet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Corolla has been the best seller on average in the U.S and in the world.

        anyway, Loyalty and reputation. so far only civic, accord, and CRV are bulletproof in terms of sales. but i see Focus and new elantra threatening civic's sale big time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nor the exterior

        but ther eis no originality at all to their designs anymore

        the c-pillar is now a dead ringer for that on the Altima

        please hire some new designers
        there are tons of them needing a job
      • 4 Years Ago


      Had an '07 EX coupe. Honda needs to eliminate the noisy interior and the pogo (vertical hopping) effect present in the front suspension. The speedometer was fine where it was, for me at least.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Road noise has been an issue for years on Hondas. I keep test-driving them, and keep deciding against them because of that. It's just too tiring on a long highway trip to listen to that much tire noise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just replace the tires... I slapped on Continental ExtremeContact DWS's when they first came out last year, and life is great.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda deliberately skimps on stock tires.

        upgrade to Michelin MXV4 Primacy and that will keep her quiet
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having owned a 2005 Civic, which is dead reliable. Over 200,000 miles on it now. Just wish the interior was a bit better. But overall, extremely solid car. Not one problem, except that one time the dealer forgot to put some antifreeze, and broke down on the freeway. They at least fixed it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find the overall shape of the car somewhat similar to Honda City...
      http://www.vicky.in/straightfrmtheheart/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/new_honda_city_12.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Civic looks to be shaping up to be an also ran in this segment unless they are hiding a lot.

      I see Ford/Mazda/Hyundai all coming out with DI engines improving fuel economy and performance. Honda doing nothing on the engine front and answering all engine questions with IMA hybrids.

      A slightly restyled civic with a slightly tweaked 1.8 engine isn't going to do it.

      But I guess it is largely irrelevant to me, as Honda won't bring a Civic Hatch anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enough with the 2 tiered dash crap. I was looking at a Civic Coupe a couple of years ago when gas was $4, liked the outside but just couldn't stomach the damn ugly dash. Most of Honda's other vehicle also need alot of help design wise. They just turn out one boring design after another.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the current one, but more chunky.

      6 years between updates rather than 4 is weird for Honda.

      No idea if there is a powertrain update or a rehash of the r18a. That's what i'm curious about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda hasn't used a 4 yr refresh in a decade. They're on a 5 yr cycle. Why the Civic is at 6 is that it Honda was going to build an even bigger Civic, but decided against it when gas prices sharply rose in 2008.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point.
        I wonder why they don't build a midsize model, like Nissan's Altima, out of the discarded larger chassis. The Accord is stinking huge now. It makes sense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is exactly what I'm wondering, and specifically for the Si. I love my 08 Si, but I wonder if they're going to keep the K20 or go with the K24 finally (doubtful).

        My guess is that they'll tune the massively undertuned K20 to crank out 210+ and call it up to snuff. Fortunately, the K20 is a beast that just needs i/h/e and an ecu reflash to bring it to life.

        Ah well, you could always hope the CR-Z gets an awesome Mugen/Hondata treatment to turn the electric motor into a supercharger of sorts. That or the NSX MIGHT actually come out this century.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that the 2012 Civic is going to take the same concept like the Honda City sold in Asia, Europe, and Australia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'll be rubbish
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have the same design in my 95 lude
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