American Honda Civic Sedan spied for the first time

 American Honda Civic Sedan spied for the first time
American Honda Civic Sedan spy photo / Copyright S. B. Medien

Just a few weeks ago spies caught the next-generation European Honda Civic 5-door testing near the Nürburgring. This time the sedan version which is slated for the American market was caught.

Looking pretty close to an alleged leaked image, the sedan has been an icon of practicality and reliability.  However, newcomers such as the Hyundai Elantra and Suzuki Kizashi have upped the ante with dramatic styling, and that's not good for this ninth generation Civic as it looks quite drab, even in prototype form.

The next-generation Honda Civic is due next year and will debut as a 2012 model.

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this looks like a late 90's dodge neon and a Saturn ion and some Honda civic mixed in very little! no wonder Honda held of on this and if this is the improved design, then Honda is in trouble with Hyundai far better looking cars sonata, elantra and accent. sacto, the Hyundai will age as well as any other car ages. Honda cars have always been a evolution of the last design which help the old design to not look as aged as it really does look! Honda is just trying now to come up with new looks for their designs and it is not working, they need to do a evolution of their last good looking designs from the mid 90s and early 00s..what Honda has now are just bad designs and these designs will age faster then Hyundai new designs will age.
Sep 6, 2010 2:33 pm
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I think we have to remember Honda is not known for building overly-styled cars. The current Hyundai line--the new Sonata and the upcoming replacements for the Elantra and Accent--are highly-styled, but one wonders will these Hyundai designs "wear" well over time. I do expect Honda to offer an improved R18 engine (possibly with direct injection for the first time?) and will offer six-speed automatics and manuals for better highway fuel economy.
Sep 3, 2010 9:18 am
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It looks Honda still doesn't want to build nice cars. Not my problem :P
Sep 3, 2010 8:49 am
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Icon of practicality? That's the last thing it has been. Without a hatchback offering, nothing from ikea fits through the hole behind the rear seats and the 2door coupe version is a b**ch to get in and out of, n tight given its a c- segment chassis.
Sep 3, 2010 12:54 am
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Han Solo
Looks like someones headed towards the Ugliest Car of the year competition... Come on Honda...how tall are you gonna make your cars... You can do better than this.
Sep 2, 2010 11:48 pm
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it looks quite similar to the current ciVic although it appears narrower and taller. ciVic has been the leading car in its class almost every year for the last 30yrs and i hope Honda is as serious with regards to keeping that title as i assume they are, despite of their inability to make good decisions lately.
Sep 2, 2010 11:34 pm
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To Honda: fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The current Honda Civic IN North America have a very bland design, it looks generic. If this is THE Prototype of a the new Civic, well... HELLO KOREA!!! But to be fair, let just wait till the final product is presented. Honda is really good in the engineering part and the exterior design... the exterior design... did I mention they do lawnmower?
Sep 2, 2010 1:19 pm
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so what's changed exactly?
Sep 2, 2010 12:28 pm
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