The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype made its official debut this week, previewing the eleventh-generation of the popular Japanese compact car.
The 2022 Honda Civic will launch in sedan form in the United States next summer, with the Hatchback model to follow shortly after. This next-gen Civic will also spawn another sporty Civic Si model, along with a new version of the high-performance Civic Type R.
Honda is only showing this prototype version of the Civic sedan for now and thus is also keeping many details with regard to the car’s available powertrains under wraps. It promises “more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains,” though, which will likely consist of various four-cylinder and turbocharged four-cylinder engines for the U.S. spec model.
The automaker confirmed this next-gen Civic will also usher in a number of firsts for the long-running nameplate, including its first standard full digital driver’s display. This nine-inch digital dash will be joined by a standard eight-inch tablet-style screen mounted on top of the instrument panel, as well.
As with virtually all new Honda products, the 2022 Civic will feature the automaker’s Honda Sensing suite of active driver assistance systems, which includes tech like adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, a blind-spot monitor and a rear cross-traffic monitor, among more. The new Civic will offer a more advanced Honda Sensing suite, but the automaker did not say how it will be superior to the current version.
“The 10th-generation Civic has been an unparalleled success – America’s most popular car four years running, and the most popular vehicle, car or light truck with Millennials, Gen Z, first-time new vehicle buyers and a growing population of multicultural customers since its 2015 launch,” Honda said. “The 11th-generation Civic will build on that appeal with an even sportier, fun-to-drive new chassis, more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, multiple new Civic-first features and technologies, and further advances in active and passive safety features and performance.”
General Motors abandoned the compact car segment after it pulled the plug on the Chevy Cruze Sedan and Hatchback last year. The automaker has no intention to return to the segment, either, mainly due to the Cruze’s comparably paltry sales volumes and low-profit margins. Detroit rivals Fiat Chrysler and Ford have implemented similar strategies, leaving smaller car segments to focus their efforts on crossovers, trucks and SUVs, which are more popular among their customer base and have stronger margins.
Look for the 2022 Honda Civic to begin arriving at U.S. dealerships next spring. The compact will be built at Honda’s plant in Greensburg, Indiana. Pricing has yet to be announced, although the 2020 Civic Sedan starts at $21,050 before taxes and destination.