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Honda releases official details on the 9th generation Honda Civic

By Rigval on 02 Mar 2011

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Honda has released press pictures of the 9th generation or 2012MY USDM Civic, a car which is set to go on sale Stateside in Spring 2011. Supposedly designed from the ground up, the 9th gen Civic does not share parts with the outgoing model. Strange, as the car looks similar but is somehow not as forward (or futuristic) looking as the 8th gen model, which has got to be one of the nicest 4 door sedans in the South East Asian market today.

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I am a little disappointed. The car (even the US only 2 door coupe shown down below) looks less sporty, less aerodynamic and more conservative than the 8th gen Civic. If I were to make a comparison, it would be like comparing the looks of the EK or 6th gen Civic to the dull looking 7th gen Civic. The 9th Gen Civic Si (pic above - which could be the base for the Civic 2.0Si sold around the region) looks a little un-sporty. Take a look at the front bumper and then take a look at the ride height. I sometimes wonder how can a Civic Si look like its running off-road suspension settings. Someone from the HONDA America PR department isn't paying attention to details.

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Luckily the interior looks similar. It is still driver-centric and pretty much as futuristic as ever. Everytime I drive the current, 8th gen Civic (the photo right above this paragraph) I feel like I am stepping into a car car from 2020 instead of circa 2008-2010. I mean compare that dashboard with a Toyota Corolla or even a Mitsubishi Lancer and you'll know what I mean.

Maybe Honda is feeling the same as it did when they did the change from the 6th Gen to the 7th Gen. They want to capture the conservative crowd again. But in all honesty, that generation of Civics was a flop. They were dull shopping trolleys and meant to target Corolla owners. Of course, this time they did not go ultra dull as before. And with that comment I can safely say that the new Civic, when it is launched here (which should be the same but with slightly different lights front and rear), will be high on the list of people who can afford it.

Hey, its a Honda and somehow, in these parts of the world its prices are premium.

Civic HF, Si in Sedan, Coupe and Natural Gas Specifications

140 horsepower, 1.8-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine
5-speed automatic transmission
ECO Assist technology
EPA-estimated Civic HF highway fuel economy: 41 mpg
EPA-estimated Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe highway fuel economy: 39 mpg
Civic Hybrid Specifications

110 horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine (combined gasoline + electric)
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Lithium-ion battery
ECO Assist technology
EPA-estimated Civic Hybrid city/highway combined fuel economy: 45 mpg
Civic Si Specifications

200 horsepower and 170 lb-ft, 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine
6-speed manual transmission
EPA-estimated Civic Si highway fuel economy: 31 mpg

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source :honda/carscoop

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Friendstar Mar 02 2011 08:27 PM
FUGLY rear.
Aggressive nice looking exterior.

and i love the interior!!!!!!
Ilmw Mar 04 2011 11:36 AM
As owner of 8th gen Civic, agree with article. in other words, if u present me both 8th & 9th gen at the same time, i'll still opt for 8th-gen
Winwar2 Mar 05 2011 01:07 PM
I was in my 30s now , this kind of lunchbox design really force me to look elsewhere , i believe honda you had forgotten your flagship and what u are famous in ....gone were the days where Ayrton Senna were the number 1 F1 Racer in the 80s racing with ur turbo charge 1200 hp engine ...What had happen now.....I am going to wait and see whether the Advance A Vtec engine are going to create any miracles orelse i am dumping this brand for sure , i do not had much time to wait for another car by you that will excited the whole world , if that happen i maybe in my 50s driving a family sedan then ...Wake UP!!! you keep disappointing us the die hard honda fan!!!!!!
Yuri96 Mar 11 2011 09:41 AM
Ugly.. The Coupe 1 ok only
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