It was just a few months ago that we drove both available variants of the all-new Honda Civic, the EXi with its 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-pot and the RS powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine.  This week, Honda has announced yet another powertrain option to the popular saloon. The latest addition, a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit, is good for 123bhp and sends 151Nm of torque to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

On sale now across all Honda showrooms in GCC, Lebanon and Jordan, the new engine option adds two new grades, DX and LX, at the lower end of the Civic range. Honda says the new Civic has registered a sales increase of 86 per cent year-on-year, and hopes the new variant will boost the numbers even higher.

It looks the same as the 2.0-litre Civic, sporting the same new chrome grille, headlights with daytime running lights and C-shaped LED taillights. The LX trim is distinguished from the DX by its fog lights and 16in alloy wheels. This grade also offers auto air-conditioning, rear ventilation, a multi-functional steering wheel, and a 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry and start, and rear parking sensors. Both grades come equipped with electric power steering, and electric parking brake with Hold function. Safety tech includes Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, anti-lock braking, electronic brake distributor, and tyre pressure monitoring. Available in six exterior paint finishes, the 1.6-litre Civic is priced at Dh67,900 in DX trim and Dh69,900 in LX spec.