It looks more restrained, but still sharp.
Honda teased the 11th-generation, 2022 Civic way back in November. It was the first vehicle to debut on the video game broadcasting website Twitch, which makes sense because the Civic is at its best as a cheap car for young commuters. We saw new spy shots last month of a hatchback and predicted the new car would be a little subtler than the last. It now looks like we were correct.
This is the first official photograph of the 2022 Honda Civic (previous pics were of the prototype) and it looks great if a little restrained. Where the current car gives the impression of a nose pointing down, the new Civic's lights and grille are more horizontal. It does take a bit of the Accord look, but the bumper breaks up the grille, which looks huge on the bigger sedan.
Honda says its designers and engineers "prioritized Honda's human-centered design philosophy, which maximizes the total environment for the driver and passengers, while minimizing the space needed for mechanical components."
Honda also wants to increase "the driver's ability to enjoy its car's safely." We're not sure if that means it will be more fun to drive or less, but the current gen Civic is fun in any (manual) trim. If it lives up to that, we'll call it a success. We'll add that we hope the hatchback isn't changed much, that was our favorite, even outside of Type R performance.
We're getting a sneak peek at the new Civic next Monday, but we won't be able to talk about it until April 28. That's when Honda will reveal all the photography, video, and most importantly specs on the new vehicle.
The current Honda Civic, for the curious, has four outputs on offer. Base models get a 2.0-liter four making 158 hp; upgraded versions get a 174-hp, 1.5-liter turbo I4. Sport models get the same 1.5-liter but tuned to 180 hp. The Si delivers 205 horses and the wild Type R has a 2.0-liter turbo-four with a total of 306 hp. This new one has plenty of range to fall into, and we'll find out more later this month.