Since its official introduction earlier this month, there has been immense excitement for the upcoming US market 2022 Honda Civic; now for the first time, we have the earliest images of production units caught in the open. Honda aficionado HondaPro Jason gives the clearest glimpses yet of the 11th-generation Civic which is destined for the US sometime later this year.
Several photos crucially highlight the visually striking exterior and interior as these 2022 Honda Civic units await delivery at a storage yard in the US.
Building on the success of the 10th-generation model, the new 2022 Civic now features more mature design cues. The car has also grown in length and wheelbase to offer a larger stance and better interior accommodation.
A wide front grille is flanked by sleek headlights with an L-shaped DRL light signature at the front. Round the flanks, the car’s glasshouse has been pushed back (at the front) and stretched at the rear (much like the Accord) to give the 2022 Civic a low-slung coupe-like silhouette. The characteristic kink in the bodyline just before the C-Pillar is another nod to the Accord’s design cues. Round the back, the Civic features more rounded proportions, which are compliment by streamlined rear lights with L-shaped graphics for a clean look. The units seen here are noticeably the “Sport” variant, judging by the badges on the boot lid.
A major part of Honda’s efforts with the 2022 Honda Civic has been on the inside - A detailed honeycomb mesh accent now runs the width of the dashboard which neatly integrates the air-conditioning vents. Up top, the touchscreen infotainment system is offered in 7- or 9-inch sizes depending on variant. Down the centre, the centre stack features a main cubby space with an integrated Qi-wireless charge port on selected variants.
The US market receives two four-cylinder engine choices: A naturally aspirated (NA) 2.0-litre or a turbocharged 1.5-litre. The 1.5-litre turbo which is more familiar to us has been updated to produce 180 hp at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm of torque between 1,700 rpm and 4,500 rpm (87 octane fuel) – those figures represent a 6 hp and 20 Nm gain over the previous model. The 2.0-litre NA engine outputs 158 hp and 187 Nm of torque.
Both engines in the 2022 Honda Civic are paired with an updated continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) uniquely tuned for each engine. The revised CVT enhances fuel efficiency by using a more robust electric hydraulic pump which reduces the load on the mechanical pump, and a ball-bearing secondary shaft to reduce friction and increase efficiency. Honda claims the CVT transmission has been calibrated to provide stepped shifting to simulate a manual-like shifting experience during spirited driving.
In addition to a stronger, more rigid shell, the chassis also receives new updates and a wider rear track to take full advantage of the longer wheelbase for better driving dynamics and ride comfort.
The new 2022 Civic will also be the safest ever, courtesy of the standard-fit Honda Sensing active driver aids suite and a new single-camera system that provides a wider field of view than the previous radar-and-camera-based system. Combined with software advances and a new, more powerful processor, the system can more quickly and accurately identify pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles, along with road lines and road signage.
The system now adds Traffic Jam Assist. The new camera-based system improves existing functionality, such as more natural brake application and quicker reactions when using Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
Honda has yet to announce official pricing and delivery dates of the new car but is largely expected to start soon. The US-market sedan models will be produced at the company’s Alliston plant in Ontario Canada, while a hatchback model – which will join later on – will be produced in Honda’s Greensburg Indiana plant.
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