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New prototype of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic shows that it’s going mainstream

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

Honda says that this is a prototype of the 2022 Civic, but it's actually pretty close to the real deal.

It’s nearly time for the 2022 Honda Civic to shine in the spotlight. Until then, a prototype of the model will have to do. The 11th-generation Civic is expected to be officially be revealed very soon.

Honda is promising the 11th-gen lineup will include the Civic Sedan, Civic Hatchback, Civic Si, and Civic: Type R. The Honda Civic Coupe will be gone after the 2020 model year. The Civic hatchback has accounted for 24 percent of Civic sales 2016. During the same period Civic Coupe sales fell from 16 percent of the market to just six percent.

Honda says that the new Civic will be built with a “sportier, fun-to-drive new chassis, more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, multiple new Civic-first features and technologies, and further advances in active and passive safety features and performance.”

With that, the Civic returns to a more mainstream look, away from the sharp angles of the body and crab-like rear of the current generation. Honda says that their designers returned to the human-centered “‘Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum’ philosophy, where the purpose of technology and design is to serve the needs of the driver and passengers. The styling manifests these timeless design concepts in a fresh and exhilarating new way.”

The team started with the fundamentals including a dynamic shape and sporty stance then moved on to make sure that the car appears “thin and light” while still allowing expansive greenhouse. This means that the roof pillars were moved forward relative to the driver and the side mirrors were relocated.

The 11th-generation Civic’s face is more sophisticated, and much more similar to the Accord than its predecessor. There’s an elongated hood, upright grille, and wider track, which is complemented by new taillights that emphasize the width of the small car.

2022 Honda Civic Prototype

The 2022 Honda Civic will have a more spacious interior than the outgoing model.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Just as its outside did, the interior of the Civic is due for a makeover. It too has design lines the emphasize the width of the cabin. The instrument panel is said to be clutter-free while the same goes for the dashboard. In front of the drive rig a new meter cluster and a 9.0-inch high-definition infotainment touch screen is mounted at the center of the dashboard.

Honda designs every model with safety in mind and the Civic is no exception. It will include multiple new active and passive safety systems, including an upgraded suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies, and multiple new airbag designs. The car’s body structure has been updated for added collision protection for both occupants and pedestrians.

The Civic Sedan and Hatchback will be built in North America.

Honda has said that the 2022 Civic Sedan will go on sale in the spring.

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