The 2022 Honda Civic: no longer an angry teenager
It appears the next generation Honda Civic is all grown up
The Honda Civic is almost 50 years old and finally looks to be getting over its angry teenager phase. Overnight, Honda revealed its prototype of the 11th generation of Civic which favors a more sophiscated and stylish look over the current generations schizophrenic styling.
Here's what we know so far:
The 2022 Civic will go on sale in late spring 2021. The sedan model will be released first, followed by the hatchback, the Si, and the Type R. There are no plans to release a coupe.
Although Honda USA have been playing hard-to-get when it comes to information about their next generation powerplant and drivetrain, they did confirm that all models will offer an optional 6 speed manual transmission.
Despite rumors suggesting otherwise, Honda have confirmed they have no current plans to build an all-wheel-drive variant but haven't closed the door on the idea completely.
The touchscreen has grown from 7.0 inches to 9.0 inches and is now mounted at the top of the dashboard rather than integrated within it.
This generations Civic will be the first Honda to offer a completely digital instrument cluster, but customization options remain unclear. Honda have only released the above rendering of the interior and wouldn't let us peek in the windows.
Honda have confirmed they will be rolling out multiple new active and passive safety systems but wouldn't go into detail when pressed. We feel confident speculating that the new Civic will offer some level of autonomous driving.
The theme for the 11th generation Honda Civic is 'thin and light'. Honda designers aimed to give the exterior a lower, wider look. Inside, the focus is on great egronomics and visibility and a 'human-centric' display that apprently means a sparse, flat horizontal dash design and few buttons.
Outside, the next generation Honda Civic is around 1 inch longer than the current model. The A pillar has been lowered by 1 inch and moved back by 2 inches to give the car a longer, sleeker, sportier look. The C pillar and rear passenger window lines have been copied from the current Honda Accord and the rear lights seem to have been borrowed from the current BMW Supra.
The door mirrors have been moved off the A pillar down onto the door to improve the exterior profile and to give the driver greater visability.
An integrated rear spoiler is included on every model.
Fake vents that were a focal point of the current generation Civic appear to have been ditched in favor of large functional, open vents to provide brake cooling but Honda are unwilling to confirm that this will carry over to production.
The 11th generation protoype was wearing 19 inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport sized 235/35ZR-19 tires.
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