By the time the Civic reaches almost half a century, the four-door is getting a modest makeover for its 11th generation. Although it’s just a prototype, it’s a representative of the production car that will be coming out sometime early next year, Honda said. Traveling on the same platform as the current model, the 2022 Civic will feature the newest styling for exterior and interior, improved tech, more security features and some fresh exterior paint options.
The 2022 Honda Civic sedan prototype has a brand new front end with a clearer grille and sharper headlights with LED daytime running accents (featured light in our first look video). The new instructions are intended to give the Civic a meaningful look, but keep the design very simple. The rest of the body, meanwhile, maintains the same athletic ratio and lower ride height based on the 10th generation model, but with the new side details, the sleek-looking C-pillar (La La Cadillac) and both front and rear. Honda has told us that the new design makes the Civic look shorter and wider than the previous one, even though it is almost identical in size to its predecessor.
The rear end of the Civic prototype is much bolder than the front with large split taillights (too long, lightweight bar) in the smoked housing. We don’t know if the darker end will reach the product – at least not in the base model. The subtle “lagging” spoiler gives the Civic a more attractive look in profile when assisted with aerodynamics, and the dual exhaust tips on the prototype provide a sportier take. The car is finished in solar flare pearl paint and has 19-inch black wheels, both of which Honda will eventually offer in the production car.
The 2022 Honda Civic comes in two body styles: sedan and hatchback. The company has already announced that it will discontinue the coupe, but the C sedan and Type R hatchback will be next-generation and still offer standard manual transmissions.
Inside the 2022 Honda Civic sees a lot of dramatic changes. The single rendering provided by the company shows a flat, horizontal dash design and very few buttons. Honda says the goal is to maintain the Civic’s focus on great ergonomics and visibility. According to the designers, the whole theme is intended to mimic the simple layout of the interior of the all-electric Honda E.
The design trim pieces and preview modest changes to the overall layout. The most important of the new elements is the honeycomb-like accent, which extends from the bottom of the touchscreen to the passenger side of the dash. Look closely and you will notice that the trim piece hides the HVAC pits, which gives the impression of a continuous design element. And instead of embedding it in the dash, the touchscreen now sits on top of it.
Technology and security
The central touchscreen interior of the Honda Civic will increase from 7.0 inches in the current model to 9.0 inches more powerful in the prototype. The new interior design moves up the dash, iPad-style, without embedding the big screen in it. The Civic is also the first Honda product to offer a fully digital instrument cluster.
As far as safety is concerned, the Honda Civic has always been one of the safest options in this segment. The current 2020 model gets the Honda Sensing Suite of the Active Safety Equipment Standards brand with each trim level. We hope the 2022 Civic is more secure. While the company is not yet interested in sharing specifications, Honda says the new Civic will have “multiple new active and passive security systems”, including updates to the acclaimed Honda Sensing Suite.
Price and release date
As we said, this is just a sample. The real 2022 Honda Civic will not appear until the beginning of next year shortly before it hits dealerships. We do not know when the new Civic will launch until the production version officially launches in the first quarter of 2021.
The official price of the 2022 Honda Civic will, at the same time, come later as well. The current Honda Civic base starts at $ 21,050 for the LX model and the range-topping touring trim starts at $ 28,100. This does not include the hot Honda Civic Type R hatchback, which starts at 4 37,495 by 2021. Since the 2022 Civic is a very important overhaul, we hope that version will cost the same as when it went on sale, if not a slight increase.