The hot-hatch won't have hybrid assist and will represent one of the final gas-powered Hondas ever.
An all-new Honda Civic Type R hot hatch is expected to go on sale sometime in 2022. Unlike the current generation, the next Type R will not be built in the UK but in the US following the closure of the Swindon factory later this year. But that's the big reason why the 2022 Type R will represent the end of an era for the Japanese automaker.
Autocar reports it has received confirmation the next Type R, based on the 11th generation Civic, will be one of the last purely gasoline-powered Hondas ever. Honda aims to have a hybrid or pure electric variant for all of its models beginning in 2022. The original date was 2025 but recent global events have forced Honda to speed things up.
Under the new Type R's hood will lie an upgraded version of the current car's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection, but it'll receive numerous upgrades to improve both overall power and fuel efficiency. As a reminder, the current model produces 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque channeled to the front wheels only. There have been rumors claiming Honda is switching to an AWD setup and a 400 hp rating. We wouldn't be surprised if both happen.
Other returning features are said to include a dual-axis strut front suspension, advanced limited-slip differential, and a multi-link rear suspension set-up. Adaptive damping will continue to provide drivers with unique driving modes suited to their purposes, such as track or more comfort-focused days.
General exterior styling will closely resemble that of the Civic Sedan prototype unveiled in November, meaning it'll sport a cleaner look but expect the familiar rear wing and other aero items. The interior for the entire Civic lineup will perhaps be the biggest difference with a more toned-down appearance with fewer buttons thanks to a large touchscreen. Pricing should be relatively similar to the current model, though it received a $400 increase for the 2021 model year.
The new Civic Type R will be immediately appealing to those not ready to make the jump to electrification, while those who desire battery-aided power will probably shop elsewhere.