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Footage of next generation Civic revealed

First pictures and film footage of prototype cars expected to be available in UAE showrooms next year

World exclusive pictures and film footage of the next generation Civic sedan have been taken in the Dubai desert.

The footage by Car Middle East shows two silver prototypes during hot weather testing that are expected to be available in UAE showrooms next year.

Slight differences between the two cars caught on camera suggest that Honda is testing both the regular 1.8 litre car and the 1.5 litre Hybrid model that is sold in other markets.

“The cars are similar in dimensions to the GCC model we get here, but sports stubbier front and rear bodywork borrowed from the Honda City,” said Car Middle East’s Imthishan Giado. “The new interior is all-new as well and trades in the old model’s space-age looks for crisp angles and a centre console that’s pointed more sharply at the driver – but the divisive two-tier dashboard has remained intact in this new model.”

“Overall it looks to be a blander, more generic version of a car that should be at the very heartland of Honda thinking. The earlier, space-age Civic landed like an atomic bomb in the compact car market, sending arch-rivals like Toyota and Nissan scurrying back to the drawing board to bring out more exciting-looking sedans.

“Now Honda looks to be losing faith in its design direction, delivering a cheese-wedge sedan that could easily be mistaken for one of its Korean rivals,” Giado said.

Watch the video, courtesy of Car Middle East below.

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