Believe it or not, the Honda Civic is nearly 50 years old. The first example came down from the production line in Japan in 1972, and the small sedan (and hatchback) was a major product of the landing in the United States only a few years later.
As the Civic closes for nearly half a century, the four doors receive a modest makeover for its 11th generation. Although this is only a prototype, Honda says it is representative of the production car, which will arrive early next year. While running on the same platform as the current model, the 2022 Civic will have a whole new style for the exterior and interior, better technology, more safety features and even several new exterior painting options.
The prototype of the 2022 Honda Civic sedan features a brand new front end with a more pronounced grille and sharper headlights with LED accents during the day (there is a bright demonstration in our first video). The new replicas aim to give the Civic a softer look while keeping the design relatively simple. Meanwhile, the rest of the body maintains the same athletic proportions and low riding height as the 10th-generation model on which it is based, but looks smoother with new side details, a folded C-pillar (a la Cadillac) and more pronounced details both front and rear. Honda told us that the new design aims to make the Civic look shorter and wider than before, although it is almost identical in size to its predecessor.
The rear end of the Civic prototype is much bolder than before with larger split taillights (so long, light) in a smoky body. We’re not sure if the darker finish will carry over into production – at least not into the base model. The slim rear-end spoiler gives the Civic a wider profile, while helping with aerodynamics, and the prototype’s dual exhaust tips offer a sportier style. This car is finished in Solar Flare Pearl paint and includes 19-inch black wheels, which Honda will eventually offer to the production car.
The 2022 Honda Civic will be available in two body styles: sedan and hatchback. The company has already announced the cessation of production of the coupe, but the Si sedan and the Type R hatchback will continue to live in the next generation and still offer standard manual transmissions.
Inside is where the 2022 Honda Civic sees the most dramatic changes. The single display that the company provides shows a flat, horizontal dashboard design and very few buttons. Honda says the goal was to keep the Civic’s focus on great ergonomics and visibility. According to the designers, the general theme aims to mimic the simplified layout of the all-electric interior of the Honda E.
The design itself visualizes modest changes in the cladding and overall layout. The most notable of the new elements is a honeycomb-like accent that extends below the touch screen to the dashboard on the passenger side. Take a closer look and you will notice that the cladding covers the HVAC openings, creating the impression of a continuous design element. And instead of being built into the dashboard, the touch screen is now located on top of it.
Technology and safety
The central touch screen in the Honda Civic increases from 7.0 inches in the current model to a stronger 9.0 inches here in the prototype. The new interior design also sees the larger screen move to the top of the iPad-style dashboard instead of being built into it. The Civic is also Honda’s first product to offer an all-digital instrument cluster.
In terms of safety, the Honda Civic has always been one of the safest options in the segment. The current 2020 model receives the brand’s standard set of Honda Sensing active safety equipment with each level of equipment. We expect the 2022 Civic to be even safer. Although the company is still reluctant to share specific data, Honda says the new Civic will have “a host of new active and passive safety systems,” which includes upgrades to the laudable Honda Sensing kit.
Date of pricing and release
As we said, this is just a prototype. The real Honda Civic from 2022 will probably not appear until early next year, before appearing in dealers shortly thereafter. But we will not know the specifics of the launch of the new Civic until the production version officially debuts somewhere in the first quarter of 2021.
Meanwhile, the official prices of the Honda Civic from 2022 will come even later. The current Honda Civic starts at $ 21,050 for the base LX model, and the extensive Touring range starts at $ 28,100. This does not include the hot hatchback of the Honda Civic Type R, which starts at $ 37,495 for 2021. As the 2022 Civic is quite major repairs, we expect this version to cost approximately the same price when it goes on sale if it doesn’t get a slight increase.