What uncle car? Like any new-age celebrity, the all-new 2022 Honda Civic has made its global debut through a livestream, on Twitch no less!
The roster of changes on this 11th-generation (FE-series) Civic sees the model get various performance, feature, and safety updates.
Exterior - Safe, typical Honda Civic
Keep in mind that this reveal pertains to the United States-spec car - details of Asian versions will be released in due time.
The sedan is assembled in the company's Alliston, Canada plant. Hatchback variants will follow later this year, and that will be manufactured in the United States - a first for the nameplate following Honda's imminent shuttering of their Swindon, United Kingdom plant.
Bodystyle/variant technicalities aside, the new model stays true to its classic formula - a simple, mass-market appealing design.
Gone are the previous generation's swoopy exterior, and in place is a matured look that some say reminds them of a baby Honda Accord.
But no, it's not grown 'massively bigger', just a touch if anything. We've got the dimensions for you below.
Subtle differences between variants include more aggressive bumpers and exhaust exits, while wheel choices range from 16- to 18-inches.
Dimensions - Is it really a bigger car?
Everyone's bandying the 'baby Accord' term, but is it really? Here's how it stacks up with the outgoing US-spec Civic, mm-to-mm:
|2022 Honda Civic Dimensions|
|Model||2022 Honda Civic (FE)||2020 Honda Civic (FC)|
There's a small increase in wheelbase and length, while it keeps the width and height of the previous gen. Curiously, the extra length doesn't bring more legroom - it's exactly the same as the 10th-gen (949 mm maximum).
Boot space ranges between 402- and 419-litres (depending on variant). And...yes, the FC-series Civic has a bigger trunk - between 416- to 428-litres.
Interior - New design language
The Civic's interior design follows an evolved version of their 'man maximum, machine minimum' philosophy, now termed 'simplicity and something'.
New touches in the cabin include a unified centrepiece (which also doubles as air-cond vents, à la the all-new Honda HR-V), honeycomb mesh accents, and a floating-type touchscreen infotainment system that's available in 7- or 9-inches, depending on variant.
Yes - Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support is present. Higher-end variants get wireless versions of them, with sound piped through a Bose 12-speaker setup no less.
Buttons are apparently the enemy, so the Civic's interior makes do with as little as possible. There's a few for media and air-conditioning controls, and that's that.
Beyond that, the seats are new, and so is the digital instrument cluster (partial on lower variants, full screens on higher ones) nestled behind the new steering wheel.
Expect this style to trickle down to other models in due time - Honda has confirmed that this philosophy will be applied to all future models.
Powertrain - Updated engines
Across the US range, the Civic can be specified with either a turbocharged 1.5-litre or naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre mill:
|2022 Honda Civic powertrains|
180 PS / 240 Nm
158 PS / 187 Nm
The larger-displacement mill is pretty much a carry-over, while the 1.5-litre mill sees a marginal (4 PS, 20 Nm) increase from the outgoing model.
The six-speed manual transmission has been canned for the US-spec sedan, but it'll very likely live on in the Civic Type R. Nothing much was spoken about it today, but we know its confirmed, and we'll share what we have with you as we have it.
Safety - Improved features
The new Civic benefits from a host of active and passive safety updates, including an improved version of Honda's Advanced Compability Engineering (ACE) body structure and redesigned front airbags that should further reduce risk of head and neck injuries.
Beyond that, the Civic's Honda Sensing suite has also been suitably updated to be sharper. The old radar-and-camera setup has been replaced by a single camera, and the system now adds Traffic Jam Assist and Low Speed Braking Control.
Big question - Coming to Malaysia this year?
Err, tough call. Remember that we're seeing the US-spec model (to go on sale only later this year), but Honda Malaysia has hinted that it could make its local debut in 2021, if all things go to plan.
Seeing that even Thailand has yet to announce their plans for the model - and they are the 'mother plant' of our region - we'll take it Honda Malaysia is just referring to an early preview.