The Honda Civic is a car that strikes the chord of Generation Z and some boomers. It is one of the most successful cars in the Japanese carmaker’s portfolio and is still going strong – going onto its 11th generation in 2021! That’s a lot of years in the automobile world! Taking on the hatchback segment, the Honda Civic has expanded to be a sedan and a coupe, with the most significant being the 2021 Honda Civic with its boy-racer looks and an aggressive design making it stand out from its European rivals.
Yes, many people were in a dilemma because the Civic was a very potent car. Still, all the design’s aggressiveness made it a bit too ‘try-hard.’ And this was a one-off incident in the line-up because other cars such as the 2021 Honda Accord were on-point with the audience they wanted to cater to. With the newer generation, the 2022 model year has taken heed to all the criticism. Honda has recently revealed a prototype of the upcoming Civic, and boy oh boy, does it look beautiful! Honda has given hints to what the new Civic will bring to the arena. Keep in mind that the information might not act as an in-depth view but surely give an overview as to what is on offer for the 2022 model year:
Starting with the obvious redesign, the new design is more of an evolution than a revolution. Gone is the aggressiveness and the jibber jabber of the fake aero scoops and large wings: the new design s tamer, subtle, and less of a show-off. The grille has been streamlined, the hood has been elongated a little, giving a more prestigious appearance, and the taillight looks more like an Acura than a C-Shaped design. When mixed with the sharp lines and angles of the body, all the new exterior features have contributed to a more executive look that aims to attract both the young and the middle-aged audience at the same time.
Opening the doors will reveal a very modern and up-to-date interior with a larger 9-inch touchscreen and the latest-and-greatest infotainment software from the Japanese carmaker. The instrument cluster is fully digital – a first for the car – and the overall design is very minimalistic. The idea behind this minimalistic layout is to reduce the distractions, which dashboards usually are, while driving and maximize the driver’s visibility. Below the 9-inch infotainment screen lie the remaining controls for climate control. Another striking feature inside the Civic is a honeycomb vent that spans the entire dashboard, which gives a more unified and continuous look to the dashboard.
Stronger Chassis Than Before
The new Civic is built on a platform that is a more advanced version of Honda’s ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) platform. The rigidity has been increased by a notch and has now been touted to provide more protection for the occupants. Accompanying the new chassis is the latest suite of Honda’s driver-assistance technology, Honda Sensing, which consists of all the advanced driver-assistance features that are a must in today’s world ensure that the drive is safe.
Production Shifted to the US
Like a cherry on top of a cake, the new Civic will be made in the US and Ontario, Canada, for North American customers. Nearly 10.5 million Honda Civics have been built to date, and nearly 50% of those were built in the Greensburg plant in Indiana. Honda has confirmed that it will continue producing the Civic Hatchback in the plant and will gradually expand the production to the other body segments.
So, that’s about it concerning what Honda has shown as far as the new Civic is concerned. Honda also claims that the new engine will be more powerful and will provide better fuel efficiency. Although there have been no details about what engine will be under the hood, we expect the Japanese carmaker to continue with the turbocharged 1.5L inline-4, albeit with some changes to live up to the manufacturer’s claims.
One sad thing among all these changes is that the Civic Sedan will lose out on its manual shifting capabilities – yes, boys (and girls), the Civic Sedan will now get a CVT as the standard transmission in the lower trims. The Si trims will get the manual gearbox, though. This may not come as a surprise to many optimists; there will not be an All-Wheel Drive for the Civic.
Talking of sad news, the Civic Coupe is gone! Now, given that the sales were not as good as the sedan or the hatchback, the discontinuation might not affect many people, but it surely means that there is one less Civic to admire. The Type-R is still in the ropes as far as the hatchback is concerned, but rumors are that it’ll soon go down the hybrid path. Though that doesn’t mean that the car will not be as exciting as it is now, the hybrid shift does come with its nuances.
The trim levels for the Civic are expected to be the same as they are today, with some shuffling done to the standard features. The pricing isn’t out yet, but we expect the new Civic to start at around $22,000 and top out near the $28,000 mark. Well, we have our eyes and ears open, for the Civic is expected to make its entry in late spring of ’21. Till then, let’s enjoy the Civic as it is and savor the last of the Civic Coupes left in the market.