Honda unveils 11th-gen Civic in North America

By CARSIFU | 3 May 2021

LOS ANGELES: Honda has revealed for the North American market the most "fun-to-drive" and technologically advanced Civic Sedan in the model’s nearly 50-year history.

The all-new 2022 Civic boasts a clean, modern design paired with a high-tech, human-centered interior, and equipped with advanced active and passive safety systems.

Previewed in November 2020 in prototype form, the 11th-generation Civic continues the tradition of innovation, design leadership and class-leading driving dynamics.

In designing the latest Civic, Honda stylists and engineers sought to create a car that would be a “breath of fresh air” in the segment by revisiting timeless design concepts of previous generation Civics.

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They focused on the original Honda design approach of “Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum” (or “M/M”), which uses technology and design to serve the needs of the driver and passengers. The styling of the 2022 Civic manifests these timeless design concepts in a fresh and exhilarating new way.

A “thin and light” body design with a low hood and front fenders, and a low horizontal beltline grounds the body, accentuates the wheels and tyres, and enables an expansive, airy greenhouse.

Inside, the M/M approach results in a simple, clean and modern take on classic Civic values.

All Civic trims benefit from a new front seat design. Using Honda’s Body Stabilizing Seat approach, the new-generation seat frame firmly holds the body, enhancing comfort on long drives.

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By evoking the uncluttered cabin design of early generations of Civic, the new model’s interior features exceptional visibility, intuitive ergonomics, extraordinary passenger volume and driver-focused technology.

The Civic is available in four grades starting with the entry LX followed by the Sport, EX and Touring.

Like the outgoing Civic, two 4-cylinder engines will be available for the 2022 model: A naturally aspirated 2.0-litre or a turbocharged 1.5-litre. Both are paired with an updated continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) uniquely tuned for each engine. Power delivery, engine sound, overall refinement and EPA fuel economy ratings of both engines are improved, with the 1.5L also getting a boost in power output.

Standard in LX and Sport trims, the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder produces 158hp at 6,500 rpm and and 188Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.

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For EX and Touring trims, the 1.5-litre turbo 4-cylinder produces 180hp at 6,000 rpm and 241Nm of torque at 1,700 to 4,500rpm on 87 octane gasoline, up 6hp and 20Nm of torque from the last model year.

In addition to the standard Normal and Eco driving modes, 2.0L Sport and 1.5L Touring trims of the 2022 Civics now feature a user-selectable Sport mode. Using a toggle switch on the center console, the new Sport mode alters the drive ratios and mapping for a sportier feel, and changes the meter lighting to red. Eco mode reduces throttle and transmission sensitivity, as well as air conditioning output to help preserve fuel efficiency.

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The 11th-generation will continue production in Alliston, Ontario, Canada, and for the first time, the Civic Hatchback will be made in the US, at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana plant. All Civic production in North American will use domestic and globally-sourced parts.

As Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate, Americans have bought more than 12 million Civics since 1973, making it one of the top three best-selling passenger cars in America over the past 48 years.

With sales of more than 1.7 million units over the last five years, Civic has been the No. 1 model in America – car or light truck – with first-time buyers, Millennials, Gen Z and multicultural customers, since the launch of the 10th-gen model in 2015.

As the world's largest car market now, China is expected to be the first to get the new Civic this year followed by Japan and the United States.  As for Malaysia, we can hope for a preview in late 2021 and a likely launch in early 2022.

Summary of what's new:

> All-new simple, clean exterior and interior styling
> Civic first all-digital LCD instrument display (Touring)
> Standard new 7-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto integration
> Available new HD 9-inch colour touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto integration
> Civic-first Bose premium sound system with 12 speakers (Touring)
> Qi-compatible wireless charging (Touring)
> Enhanced architecture and stronger body
> More powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbo engine
> Updated suspension and steering tuning for improved handling and ride
> Groundbreaking new front airbags designed to reduce traumatic brain and neck injuries
> Civic-first rear seat side airbags
> Updated Honda Sensing system with new front wide-view camera, plus new Traffic Jam Assist and Low Speed Braking Control (Touring)
> Man Maximum/Machine Minimum Philosophy

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