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The all-new 2012 Honda Civic has been unveiled at the New York Autoshow. The 9th generation Civic replaces an ageing model with a more modern design and loads of new features.

In the United States the Civic will be offered in five different models, including the Civic Hybrid and Civic Coupe. Australian specifications are all unconfirmed at this stage but we suspect the Hybrid will make it here along with other sedan models.

The new Honda Civic Hybrid will make use of Lithium-ion batteries, which will give it a significant boost in the battery wars against the Toyota Prius and the recently launched Honda Insight which still use nickel-hydride batteries.

In the U.S. the five Civic models will be powered by four different engines: 1.8-litre petrol, 2.4-litre high-performance petrol, 1.5-litre petrol/electric hybrid, and compressed natural gas (CNG) engine.

On top of that there is now an “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) which will work with USB, Bluetooth and iPods, an available Eco Assist™ system and a new Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system that works in conjunction with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®).

The styling has been revised to resemble the new Honda family look and is a welcome change to the current Civics more conservative look.

According to Honda America the new Civic is a model that had personalization as its starting point and as a result of the different engine choices and variants, the Japanese company can offer a small vehicle to suit everyone’s needs.

CarAdvice will bring you details of Australian specification Civics as soon as we know.