Overseas, the Honda Civic is a rakish hatchback available in three- and five-door bodystyles, as well as a high-performance Type R variant with more than 180 horsepower on tap. The vehicle seen in these latest spy shots depict this ‘global’ Civic in five-door form. Previous shots showed what appeared to be a test-mule for the next-generation model due late this year as a 2012 model.
The latest images depict a car much closer to the final stages of design, without cabling and wires sticking out at odd places. The heavy camouflage cladding of previous prototypes is gone, too, replaced with the swirling black-and-white covering that has become popular with carmakers in recent years.
Despite the absence of cladding, the spy-foiling body wrap manages to hide much of the flares and character lines that no doubt run the length of the car. The overall size appears to be slightly wider and longer than the current Civic, meaning interior space should grow accordingly.
Earlier test-mules were seen wearing the new model’s bumpers and features an elevated hood, either to fit a new engine or test equipment.
Not much else is known about the car but there are rumors that a new three-cylinder engine option will join the four-cylinder range. There’s also word that the hybrid system from the CR-Z Hybrid will make it into the new Honda Civic.