Despite Rumors and Expectations, the 2022 Honda Civic AWD Isn't Happening

Andrew Cummings
November 20, 2020

The production version of the vehicle will debut sometime next year.

Overall the Civic looks simplified and more sophisticated, but it does keep the sane style grille, low bonnet and stance - although the former has been downsized. The Civic Prototype is a close-to-production preview of the eleventh generation Civic and instead of giving a unique identity, Honda has pursued with design revisions mimicking the larger Accord sedan and it does give a more matured appeal. The rest of the body, meanwhile, maintains the same athletic proportions and low ride height as the 10th-generation model on which it's based, but looks a touch smoother with new side detailing, a crinkled C-pillar (a la Cadillac), and more pronounced detailing both front and back.

A sketch of the uncluttered interior. Up front, there is a new upright grille and distinctive headlights.

2022 Honda Civic Unveil Side
It looks crisp and sharp from every angle does the new Civic

Once again, the new Civic adopts a cleaner, simpler design language on the inside, and follows a design theme like that of the new City.

As for the interior, it's pretty much what we saw in patent images that surfaced recently, with a less cluttered layout than the FC. This auto is finished in Solar Flare Pearl paint and includes 19-inch black wheels, both of which Honda will eventually offer on the production vehicle.

The new-generation Civic will be introduced for the global markets in the first half of 2021 and will be followed later by the Type-R, hatchback and Si versions of the model.

The sedan's rear profile now appears to stand wider than before and has received notable changes, such as a larger pair of LED taillights, a new spoiler, and an upgraded dual exhaust tip.

In a win for enthusiasts, United States media reports that Si and Type R variants will retain their manual transmissions. The Civic is also the first Honda product to offer a completely digital instrument cluster. A honeycomb mesh design stretches the width of the facia, helping hide the air vents.

Honda has also mentioned the new Civic will get a raft of active and passive safety features, new airbag designs and driver assistance systems, but hasn't elaborated on any of them.

A Honda spokesperson told CarAdvice: "For Australia, the Civic nameplate will continue as a core model in Honda's line-up with the next generation, however, the sedan bodystyle will be phased out locally when the current model reaches the end of its lifecycle towards the middle of next year".

Come late spring 2021 (May), the Civic sedan will get launched in the United States of America, followed by the hatchback, performance-focused Civic Si, and finally the high-performance Type R.

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