The new Honda Civic will look more restrained than the current model.
Not long after Honda confirmed a prototype of the all-new Civic will be unveiled on Twitch in an online streaming event on November 17, a camouflaged prototype has been spotted by our spy photographers being tested on public roads.
Spied in a sedan body style, the new Civic prototype is fully camouflaged, but the design cues appear to match what we've already seen in leaked patent images. While the current Civic's styling is on the excessive side, the new model will look more restrained, but that doesn't mean it's going to be bland.
The current car's over the top C-shaped taillights have been scrapped in favor of sleeker-looking LED taillights and the prototype is also fitted with a subtle trunk spoiler. The redesigned grille is also narrower, the headlights are reshaped and incorporate LED daytime running lights, and the design looks much cleaner overall. In terms of proportions, the new Civic looks longer and wider than the current model.
Powertrain details remain a mystery, but the current Civic Sedan is offered with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder producing 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.
EX trims and above use a 1.5-liter turbo-four with 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, but the manual option is removed from the options list. The Civic Si Sedan will also return for a new generation, which develops 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque from a 1.5-liter turbo-four in the current model.
Topping the range will, of course, be the all-new Civic Type R, but at this early stage, no development prototypes of this have been spotted. After it debuts next week, the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan will go on sale in the US in late spring 2021 for the 2022 model year. Let's hope it lives up to the hype.