By Steve & Tamami Laser
Honda revealed a first-look at a prototype of the next-generation Civic tonight during a livestream presentation on “Twitch.” It also confirmed that the new Civic will include sedan, hatchback, Si and Type R variants.
First up will be the 2022 Civic sedan, expected to go on sale in the U.S. in late spring 2021. Honda says that the 11th generation models gain an even sportier, fun-to-drive new chassis, more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, and multiple new Civic-first features and technologies.
In this video from the Honda YouTube channel, designers discuss the development story of the next-generation Civic prototype. (video: Honda)
“Civic has always exceeded expectations, and the all-new Civic will continue that legacy of setting the standard for compact cars with human-centered design, outstanding dynamics, style, safety performance and driver enjoyment,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The new Civic sedan prototype blends heritage design cues with a sharper look and sporty stance. Honda says that designers applied the classic Civic design ethos of “thin and light” body design with a low hood and front fenders, and a low horizontal beltline.
Up front, the prototype gains new signature lighting elements, a slim, horizonal upper grille, and a new mesh-style lower grille. Honda says that the A-pillars have been moved rearward and the outside mirrors are relocated to the doors to help provide a clearer view through the front side windows.
To give the Civic a more premium appearance, the greenhouse has been moved rearward, there’s a sharpened shoulder line (C-line), and the overall theme conveys the stance of a larger vehicle. We really like the new horizontal taillights, the surface detailing, and built-in spoiler.
Inspired by the low-cowl style of previous generation Civics, the redesigned interior conveys an uncluttered appearance. Details include a horizontal mesh accent that neatly conceals the air vents.
Among the new Civic-first technologies is an all-digital instrument cluster, and 9-inch full HD touchscreen display audio system. Honda says that the next-generation Civic will also gain an enhanced array of Honda Sensing® driver-assistive and safety systems.
Civic has been a tremendous success for Honda, with nearly 12 million units sold in the U.S. since its launch in 1973. Today’s Civic is manufactured at two North American plants – Greensburg, Indiana, and Alliston, Ontario, Canada. Honda says the next-generation Civic hatchback will join the line in Indiana for the first time.
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Note: The Civics shown in this story are prototypes. Features, specifications, and launch timing for future U.S. market production models are subject to change without notice.
News source, photos and video courtesy American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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