Honda is work hardly and ready to unveil its new Civic on date in late 2011 or early 2012. Spy shooters have captured a heavily camouflaged prototype mule somewhere around Honda’s offices in Germany.
We don’t know if this test mule is a new model or a heavily revised version of the current five-door Euro Civic. It appears that the glasshouse is very similar to current Civic, while the car also sports the same hidden door handles tucked away at the corners of the rear windows.
The five-door Civic will be followed by a sportier looking three-door hatch, hopefully offered in a Type R guise with a newer engine. Why hopefully? Because Honda is being secretive about a replacement to the current Civic Type R, which is being discontinued in Europe as its 2.0-liter engine does not meet the more stringent EU5 emissions standards.
Honda recently confirmed the development of a new gasoline-electric hybrid engine for the Civic as well as a smaller displacement turbo diesel engine that will fit right under the current 2.2-liter i-DTEC unit.