The 2022 Honda Civic Has Evolved…With Audi DNA?

One of the most controversial things about the current-gen Honda Civic is how it seemed to overcompensate with those massive fake vents and generally over-aggressive styling. In Type R form, this styling actually worked to some extent, but on lesser models, it was a bit much. Come 2022, and there will be an all-new Civic hitting the streets – one that fixes a lot of what was wrong with the current model.

Right away, it’s easy to see that the new Civic has a toned-down appearance up front. It looks sleek, modern, and well, less aggressive. It does have a Toyota-like air dam but the massive fake vents are gone. The sleek lights with new LEDs really add to the modern look too. The side profile is, arguably, more sculpted than before, but it’s not overstated. Add in the coupe-like roof line, and this four-door prototype is quite the looker.

Around back, however, we see something very familiar. Do you recognize those taillights and the shape of the rear deck? If you don’t let me point it out to you – it looks a lot like an Audi A3. In fact, there were a lot of comments on social media that pointed this out right away. We certainly agree. The Audi-like looked is further emphasized by the exhaust outlets located in each lower corner of the rear fascia. Overall, it’s a nice look, but it’s not the most original design in the world.

As you probably guessed, the new Civic will only be available in sedan – like the prototype here – and hatchback. This was expected after demise of the coupe late in the current generation. There is a question as to what models will be available in hatchback form, but it looks like the hatchback body style could be limited to just the Civic Si and Type R, both of which will also offer manual transmissions.

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2022 Honda Civic Interior – Looking German

2022 Honda Civic Prototype

We’d be lying if we didn’t admit to seeing a little bit of German influence in this one rendered image of the next-gen Civic’s interior. The long, almost flat dashboard screams Audi while the infotainment display on top of the dash was borrowed from yester-Year BMWs. It does look like Honda will be retaining that volume control knob, a lesson learned from the past. Overall, the cabin looks toned down compared to before. There looks to be a serious deficit of physical buttons, suggesting that most features will be controlled via the touchscreen or, perhaps, a track-pad like that found in most newer Mercedes’.

2022 Honda Civic Powertrain and Performance

Honda has yet to reveal any information on what we can expect in terms of performance, but don’t expect to see any major jump in performance from current models. The entry-level models will probably continue on the with naturally aspirated 2.0-liter with 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. The Sport model featured a 1.5-liter turbo-four that was good for 180 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The bridge between the base models and the Type R is the SI with the same 1.5-liter but tuned to deliver 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The range-topping Civic Type R Had a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that was good for 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Our estimates put the lower trim levels at some 165 horsepower and maybe 140 pounds-feet of torque. The Sport could go as high as 190 horsepower while the SI could see a boost to as high as 220 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque. The Type R, on the other hand, has some stout competition and could be pushed up to the 350-horsepower mark with around 320 pound-feet of torque. Base models will continue to be offered with the CVT transmission, while the Si and Type R will be offered with a six-speed manual. Expect the Civic to remain a FWD model as it rolls into the next-generation, even in Type R form.

Civic LX, EX, EX-LCivic SportCivic SiCivic Type R
Engine2.0-Liter1.5-Liter Turbo1.5-Liter Turbo2.0-Liter Turbo
TransmissionCVTCVTSix-Speed ManaulSix-Speed Manual
Horsepower158 HP180 HP205 HP306 HP
Torque138 LB-FT162 LB-FT192 LB-FT295 LB-FT
0-60 MPHTBA7.1 Seconds6.7 Seconds5.0 Seconds
Top Speed130 MPH (est)142 MPH150 MPH (est)169 MPH

2022 Honda Civic Pricing and Release Date

The Honda Civic you see here is just a prototype, and the production model isn’t expected to be revealed until sometime in early 2021 with sales to commence for the 2022 model year in fall of 2021. Pricing isn’t expected to be announced until late summer of 2021, but don’t expect pricing to differ too much from what you’d pay for a new Civic today. The current model starts at $21,050, so the next-gen LX could start around $22,500 at most. The range-topping model will come in around $28,500 with the Type R creeping up from $37,495 to somewhere closer to $39,000 when it launches.

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Robert Moore
Robert is an automotive expert and gaming fanatic that somehow manages to split his time between doing both and blending in some family time as well. His gaming history goes all the way back to Atari, the Commodore 64, and the original Nintendo, and he can proudly say that he’s owned every single mainstream console since, including duds like the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Wii. He currently owns a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and a custom-built gaming PC. His all-time favorite games include Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (zombies, specifically), League of Legends, Diablo 3, and even a little World of Warcraft. Robert has been working as a journalist for nearly 15 years, primarily in the automotive segment and now in the gaming segment.

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