It's the latest in a line of models that harks back to 1972. Hence, for the 11th-generation the Civic gets a safe new look (but evidently rather divisive...), and a host of performance and safety updates as well.
The model made its global debut on 29-April 2021 and has since entered production at Honda of Canada's Manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario.
That's about it the new Civic carries over though. Aesthetics wise, Honda has swathed the cabin with their new 'Simplicity and Something' philosophy, which lends a clean, uncluttered look throughout, much like the equally-new Honda HR-V.
Oh, and keep an eye for this design in the next Honda City or Honda CR-V. The company says this approach will trickle to other models in the future.
What features does it have?
The North American-spec Civic comes standard with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support on either the 7- or 9-inch touchscreen infortainment unit.
Depending on variant, the Civic gets a 10.25-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, a sweet Bose 12-speaker surround sound system, leather upholstery, as well as an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat.
Those aside, the Honda Sensing suite of ADAS is now standard on all variants, at least for North America. That's been suitably updated too, as you can see below.
Yes it does, and the Honda Sensing ADAS suite now adds on Traffic Jam Assist and Low Speed Braking Control. Its old radar-and-camera setup is now replaced by a single camera only.
In addition to the two new features above, here's the other functions:
Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow (ACC w/ LSF)
Lane keep assist (LKA)
Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (BSM, RCTA)
In terms of passive safety, the Advanced Compability Engineering (ACE) shell sees a few improvements too. For one, the roof is made using laser brazing technology, and there's extensive application of structural adhesive to ensure a stronger and more rigid body.
Interesting. What about performance?
Across the US-range, the Civic is powered by 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 bigger engine is ported over from its predecessor, while the 1.5-litre mill sees a marginal 4 PS and 20 Nm increase from the outgoing model.
Beyond that, we know the Singaporean-spec Civic is said to be powered by a new turbocharged, 1.5-litre mill with 131 PS. Singaporean-spec cars have less power, for the benefit of lower carbon taxes.
Any chance for a Type R or hybrid variants?
Yes - it's inevitable at this point isn't it? The next-gen Civic will have its corresponding e:HEV hybrid models - powered by a dual-motor setup just like our City RS.
Across the Causeway, early bird prices for the 11th-gen Civic starts from SGD 118,999 (Certificate of Entitlement inclusive), which is SGD 11,000 dearer than the range-topping Civic FC currently sold there.
This price hike could happen in Malaysia too.
Biggest question - when is it launching in Malaysia?
This is quite the hot potato. Honda Malaysia has hinted that the all-new Civic could be making its local debut as early as this year, if things go according to plan.
It's more likely to be an early preview instead of a market launch, as new locally-assembled models typically need at least 6 to 9 months (after production starts in Thailand, the region’s ‘mother plant’) of lead time to re-tool the local plant.
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