Honda reveals 2022 Honda Civic prototype

Honda has just revealed the 11th generation of the Civic which comes with an all-new design. The 2022 Honda Civic is currently showcased in a prototype form. The new Civic looks like nothing like the previous one. It is an all-new sedan from inside out.

Design

2022 Honda Civic’s design looks very sleek due to the low slung bonnet, slim grille and sleek LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lamps. The lower front half consists of a wide air dam and C-shaped air intakes which gives the sedan a very aggressive stance. The sedan has clearly taken its inspiration from the larger Honda Accord with its much-cleaner and less fussy body panels. The overall design looks quite production ready, and we may get the Civic in production form without any significant visual changes. One huge change from the current sedan is the massive chrome mustache that has disappeared – which may not go down well with Indian car buyers. But then, the Civic itself has not gone down well with Indian car buyers if we look at sales numbers which are clearly stick in three digits.

From the side profile, we can see that the Civic sits lower to the ground and there is a straight clean shoulder line that goes from front to all the way to the back. It gets blacked-out multi-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels. For the prototype, Honda has used 235-section tyres of Pirelli Pilot Super Sport tyres.

The rear profile is wider than before and it also gets a lip spoiler which is integrated with the boot. What also helps enhance the rear profile is the dual exhaust tips and sleek pair of LED tail lamps. We don’t think that the dimensions of the new Civic will change much because the 2022 Civic is based on the current generation Civic’s platform which has been reworked.

Interior

The interior of the 2022 Civic takes a minimalist approach rather than going for a sporty look. The traditional analogue dials will be replaced with a fully digital instrument cluster. It will also feature a Multi-information display, which will show you various information about the car. There will also be a new generation of a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is expected to come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The AC vents have been placed in a single strip which fakes a look of a continuous vent. Just below that three circular dials are placed for the automatic climate control.

Honda has not revealed the interior though, and all we have so far is this quite clean-looking sketch that promises good things to come.

Engine and transmission

Currently, Honda has not revealed the engine details of the new Civic. Although we hope that they offer a better performing set of engines in India than the current Civic. Currently, India’s Honda Civic is powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine that produces 140 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 174 Nm. It comes mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. There is also a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that produces 120 PS of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to only a 6-speed manual gearbox. The unexciting CVT is one reason why enthusiasts have not taken a liking to the car in India. But the high pricing anyway makes it less appetising for our market which prefers SUVs and crossovers in this price bracket.

Launch details

In the international market, the 11th generation of Honda Civic is going to launch in mid-2021. It is not yet known if the new generation will be launched in India or not. This is due to the high demand for SUVs and not so good sales of the current Civic. If launched, the 2022 Civic will be competing against the Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra.