Honda just revealed the 2022 Honda Civic in all its glory. With an updated, more mature look, and a retuned turbo engine to deliver even more power, the 11th generation Civic is touted to be “the most fun-to-drive and technologically advanced Civic sedan” yet.
Just like its predecessor, the 2022 Civic soldiers on with the same 2.0L NA (158hp/187Nm torque) and 1.5L turbocharged engines in the US market. But the latter, as mentioned, is tuned to deliver more power now. With 180hp and 240Nm of torque, the updated engine offers 6hp and 20Nm of torque more than the previous 1.5L turbo engine.
Not surprisingly, both engine options are still paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The exterior of the new Civic doesn’t look at that different from the Civic Prototype either. The A-pillars have been pushed back 1.96 inches to elongate the hood for a “premium silhouette,” as Honda puts it. Pushing back the A-pillars – and mounting the side mirrors to the door – improve the visibility of the C-segment sedan as well.
At the back of the 2022 Civic, gone are the “ketam” C-shaped taillights of the current 10th generation Civic FC for a more mature-looking L-shaped LED lighting; the front DRLs has the same L-shaped lighting too. As for the whole silhouette of the new Civic, it’s still very reminiscent of its D-segment sibling, the Honda Accord.
Inside the cabin, Honda took a more minimalist design approach with the 11th generation Civic. There’s now a floating infotainment screen – with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – the centre armrest is no longer partly exposed, and the air vents are integrated into the honeycomb mesh that stretches across the dashboard.
Safety wise, the 2022 Civic comes with 10 airbags; the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features has been improved as well. It uses a new single-camera system that provides a wider field of view, and with the help of new software and a more powerful processor, Honda Sensing can now “quickly and accurately identify pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles, along with road lines and road signs.”
According to Honda, these improvements to Honda Sensing also give it more natural brake application and quicker reactions when using Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
And there you have it, the 2022 Honda Civic. It looks quite a bit more mature than the outgoing model, which may appeal to folks that weren’t into the Civic FC’s much more aggressive-styling. If you’re interested in this 11th generation Civic, good news: there’s a chance it will make its debut here in Malaysia sometime this year.