First Look: 2022 Honda Civic
Honda gives a peek of its long-awaited 2022 Civic.
Honda announced that its 11th- generation Civic, the 2022 Civic, will arrive in Canada in the early summer of this year and will sport a clean and modern design and an updated interior, and come equipped with a range of standard driver safety features.
Pricing for the 2022 Honda Civic will be made available closer to the official launch.
Since its introduction in Canada in 1973, the Civic has been a top seller for Honda Canada, and one of Canada bestselling vehicles. Over 2 million Civics have been sold, and the new 2022 Honda Civic is designed to build on that legacy.
“It will raise the bar in styling, performance and safety,” said Steve Hui, assistant vice-president, Honda sales and marketing with Honda Canada. “Everything about this new Civic is simply better, from the way is rides and handles to the quality and comfort of the interior and level of safety and advanced technologies. It is more sporty, technically advanced and sophisticated.”
Ryan Desa, product lead, Honda Product Planning with Honda Canada said that the design team was focused building upon what has attracted Canadians to the Civic, that is the Civic’s build quality, dependability, handling and comfort. “The development team was committed to improving on it, taking everything that is great with the Civic and taking it to the next level. The styling is more refined and sophisticated, and the interior is transformed with a clean, uncluttered look with improved visibility, ergonomics and the use of higher quality materials. This 11th generation Civic now offers more standard features than ever before, including several new ‘Civic First’ technologies.”
Coming in four trim levels – LX, EX, Sport and Touring – the 2022 Honda Civic will have sharpened exterior with an elongated hood and windshield pillars that will visually connect to the front wheel hub. This will give the 2022 Honda Civic a more planted look. A change from previous Civic designs are the now door-mounted side mirrors. Their new placement away from the pillar to the doors will remove blind spots and improve driver sightlines while maintaining the clean exterior lines of the 2020 Honda Civic. A shoulder character line will connect the front fender to the taillights. LED lighting will feature prominently on the exterior, such as the headlamps, daytime running lights, parking lights and available fog lights.
Eight exterior colours will be on offer, three of which Honda Canada said are new: Meteorite Gray Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl and an exclusive Morning Mist Blue Metallic.
Jeff Mar, product specialist with Honda Canada pointed to several new interior enhancements some of which are a first for the Civic. He said the interior will be roomier with an uncluttered and more sophisticated design, with extensive use of high-quality materials throughout, especially on touchpoints.
Controls are made from premium materials that add a feeling of both practically and durability, and the centre console trim is made to hide fingerprints and smudges, adding to the premium interior appearance. In a Civic-first, drivers get an all-digital, full-colour instrument cluster that is customizable using controls located on the steering wheel. The centre of the instrument panel will display information from the 2022 Civic’s driver assistance features, such as the lane keeping assist and the adaptive cruise control, for example.
The LX, EX and Sport trims will sport a 7-inch LCD infotainment display that comes with physical power/volume and tuning/selection knobs. The infotainment systems support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Touring will go up a step and bring a 9-inch HD infotainment screen and wireless support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Qi-compatible wireless charging. The Touring will also bring a 12-speaker Bose audio system.
Mar added that the 2022 Honda Civic will be fun to drive as, “the 2022 Honda Civic rides on a stiffer and more rigid chassis that makes the car more responsive and livelier, and more reactive to steering input. This car feels solid and smooth and comfortable.”
The 2022 Honda Civic will come with an enhanced Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance technologies, adding Traffic Jam Assist and improvements to Honda’s Adaptive Cruise Control, Land Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot monitoring. In the Touring trim, drivers will have Cross Traffic Monitoring and Low-Speed Braking Control as well.
Standard in the LX, EX and Sport trims will be a 2.0-litre 4-cylider engine producing 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque while the Touring trim will come with a 1.5-litre turbo 4-cylinder that will produce 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Added to the Normal and Eco driving modes, the 2.0-litre Sport and 1.5-litre Touring will have a user-selectable Sport Mode that is accessible through the toggle switch located on the centre console.