This week marked the debut of the European edition of the 2012 Honda Civic. According to Honda Alberta, the Euro-spec Civic hatchback is far less conservative-looking than the model we get on our shores as Honda took design inspiration from an airplane’s fuselage and wings.
Honda Civic Phoenix points out that like our Civic, the European Civic has been completely redesigned with a particular focus on ride and handling, reduced CO2 emissions, and improved interior quality. The automaker also aimed to retain class-leading cabin and trunk space, as well as its overall practicality.
“When evaluating the requirements of our customers, we recognized that the European customer desires are demanding and unique in many aspects,” said Civic team leader Mitsuru Kariya. “We have focused our development on fulfilling these expectations and through this process we have taken our development standards even further to a new level.”
According to Silver Spring Hyundai, European customers will have a choice between three engine options; a 1.4-liter gasoline engine, a 1.8-liter gas engine, or a 148 horsepower 2.2-liter diesel unit. All three engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.8-liter unit is also available with a five-speed gearbox.
The all-new new Civic five-door hatchback will reach UK showrooms in early 2012.