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Honda Civic Prototype 2022.

Honda Civic Prototype 2022.

Honda Civic Prototype 2022.

While the future of sedans as a whole is in doubt, the 2022 Honda Civic is presented with a more mature design, the promise of additional features and the powerful sporty charm that compact Honda fans love.

It is announced by the Civic Prototype shown in the photo, which, according to experts, strongly sets off the appearance of the 11th generation Honda Civic.

What’s new in Concept

For the uninitiated, Honda usually makes prototypes like this, rather than really wild concept cars.

Embodying an unbridled vision of the future, these design previews are essentially the final pre-production cars with some features that will be toned down a bit by the time you can actually buy them.

Which means the 2022 Civic prototype is indeed a slightly veiled take on what the local Honda dealer will basically have this spring, although Honda says it includes exclusive sedan and hatchback body styles.

Exterior

Honda Civic Prototype 2022.

At first glance, the sedan seems more mature and fully implemented in the style of the previous generation Civic. Slightly softer, cleaner and sleeker, it comes across as working professionals rather than racing fighters. However, he has not lost his sporting appearance.

The bonnet was lowered an inch at the base of the windshield, and the A-pillars and windshield were moved two inches to make the car look longer and lower.

A slightly lower C-pillar gives the roof a more aggressive look, and a standard stamped trunk spoiler rounds off the look.

There’s a distinct Audi sedan hint at the rear, and that’s a compliment; zoom out and there is more resemblance to the larger Accord sedan than before, especially in the shoulder crease, headlights, and raised rear windows.

LED headlights and taillights will likely be standard as well, as Honda chases the IIHS award and Top Safety Pick + status.

Honda Civic Prototype 2022.

While this is not considered a criterion for awarding the safety award, the designers have also relocated the mirrors to the doors to improve visibility around the incredibly thin A-pillars.

Interior

When viewed from the side, the car is almost the same size as before. The wheelbase and overall length were slightly increased, but the overall width and height remained the same despite the differences in style.

Curb weight and interior dimensions are roughly the same, although the rear seat is tilted slightly to dive under the sloping roof.

The front seats are the real action. Although Honda has only released a sketch, it’s like a difference between day and night.

Gone are the young, colorful styling of the outgoing Civic, replaced by a much sleeker, more refined design. Of particular note is the Deco-style mesh mesh running down the center of the dash, a design center that cleverly covers the vents.

Above it is a free-standing media information system with a volume knob and a 9-inch display. Complementing it is the first fully digital instrument cluster Honda offered in the Civic.

Honda is also promising a host of technologies, including updates to the standard set of active and passive HondaSense driver aids, but no details have been released yet.

Honda Civic Prototype 2022.

Specifications

Underneath the skin, Honda engineers describe the new Civic’s platform as an evolution of existing foundations, not a reimagining, and that’s not a bad thing.

The chassis has been beefed up and Honda is promising to upgrade the suspension, which one designer says will look more sophisticated and sportier than the current car’s playful sporty.

As sporty as it is, it will be best presented in the form of a hatchback. The coupe’s bodywork is practically dead as buyers have switched to the hatchback, especially those looking for a sportier model.

So the hatchback will continue to offer a manual transmission, while the sedan, with the notable exception of the Si model, will only come with an automatic transmission.

Likewise, the Type R will remain a manual transmission hatchback. No model or body type will offer all-wheel drive, despite the fact that this feature is penetrating deeper and deeper into the segment of even more compact competitors.

Don’t expect hybrids either. The Honda Insight is essentially a Civic hybrid under a different name and will remain a separate nameplate for the foreseeable future.

In addition, Honda does not yet say what is in the engine compartment of the new Civic, but only says that the power plant will be more powerful and efficient. Honda Civic Prototype 2022.

 

We expect an upgraded version of the current 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the current car to become the base engine (meaning today’s entry-level 2.0-liter four will likely be missing); The Si will likely continue to receive a high-performance turbocharged version of the same engine.

Likewise, we think the Type R will get an upgraded 2.0-liter turbo just like the current car. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) will likely continue to be standard, while a six-speed manual transmission will be available for sports models.

Likewise, Honda is not yet talking about prices, but hints that they will not change much. The current model starts at $ 22,005.

We’ll learn more about this, powertrains and technology when Honda unveils the production-ready 2022 Civic early next year ahead of its late spring sale date.

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