NEW CAR PREVIEW: 2022 Honda Civic boldly new

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With a redesigned exterior, the 2022 Honda Civic will mark the debut of the vehicle’s 11th generation. The new model will continue the legacy of the car unveiled in 1972 and perennially among the country’s top-selling vehicles.

The new generation Civic was revealed as a prototype in mid-November 2020. It’s scheduled for release in North America in the spring of 2021.

A prototype of the 2022 Honda Civic.
A prototype of the 2022 Honda Civic.

While many details haven’t been released, the versatile little machine is expected to include a hatchback, Si and Type R trim levels.

2022 Honda Civic Gets Makeover

From early reports, the Civic will be one-inch longer than 2021 offering also appears wider and touting a lower riding profile. A manual transmission will be available on the hatchback, according to several media outlets. The coupe reportedly will be discontinued.

With the demise of Honda Fit, the 2022 Honda Civic will be the manufacturer’s smallest car. It’s expected to have a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $22,000.

A protyple of the new front exterior design of the 2022 Honda Civic.
A prototype of the new front exterior design of the 2022 Honda Civic.

The Civic’s new exterior will look significantly different than the 2021 model. Some observers of the still-sequestered Civic have called it a “Baby Accord.”

Observers report the body lines are simplified and refined, with a more sophisticated appearance. The headlights and taillights have a new sleek look. The A-pillars are moved back two inches. The hood angle is now horizontal.

Keeping a minimalist approach consistent, the Civic’s new interior will feature a “straight-line” design. A nine-inch touchscreen and digital dash will be a first for the Civic. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will require the purchase of the Sport trim.

Honda Sensing, which includes collision mitigation, lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, will continue to be standard in all trim levels.

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