Here to threaten the Mazda 3, all-new 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback makes world debut

Sanjay · Jun 24, 2021 09:15 AM

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Not a concept - that's with optional accessories

This is the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback, unveiled to the public for the first time just moments ago via an online presentation. Pretty?

As you would deduce from its rather clear-cut name, this is the stubby stablemate of the 2022 Honda Civic (FE) sedan.

Exterior - Casts its own shadow

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Much of the drama happens at the back, and sloping boot aside, this 11th-gen Civic Hatchback's rear-end is fittingly simple, with a clean rear bumper and tail lights linked by a single strip running low across the bootlid.

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The front doesn't change much from the sedan, bar the hexagonal grille

It's a bit of a departure from the previous generation. Last time, the FK-series Civic Hatchback was pretty much a squished version of the Civic FC's (sedan) rear, but evidently this time the Hatchback casts its own shadow.

Also read: 11th-gen, all-new 2022 Honda Civic (FE-series) debuts - looks like a downgrade?

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Seen with Honda Access optional package

Different variants will see subtle changes too, like varying bumpers and details, as well as a range of wheel choices from 16- to 18-inches.

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American customers get a choice of 8 colours with two of them being new - Boost Blue Pearl and Smoky Mauve Pearl. The colour selection differs in Japan.

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Our rendering of the Type R

And don't forget too that this model also foreshadows the incumbent Civic Type R. Our guess on how that looks is as good as yours, but we gave it a shot anyway as above.

Also read: Rendered: 2022 Honda Civic Type R - The king of front-wheel drive?

Dimensions - Airy, shorter overhang

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Giving this Civic Hatchback a sleeker look are its sharper A-pillars. They've been moved rearward by 50 mm, which also nets an 87-degree front visibility, up from the previous car's 84 degrees. The rear track has also been widened by 12.7 mm.

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Meanwhile, there's a new lightweight composite hatch and repositioned hinge mechanism, allowing a roof height reduction of 50-mm in the hinge area.

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The Civic Hatchback's rear overhang and overall length is 12.4 cm shorter than the Civic sedan. Here's the Civic Hatchback's dimensions in full and how it compares to its predecessor:

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback dimensions
Dimension/Model 2022 Civic HB Civic FK
Length (mm) 4,549 (+30) 4,519
Width (mm) 1,800 (+3) 1,798
Height (mm) 1,415 (-15) 1,430
Wheelbase (mm) 2,736 (+35) 2,700

Interior - Now-familiar look

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The 'generous cargo space' has been made more easily accessible thanks to a 40 mm wider lower hatch opening and low lift-over height, and there's standard 60:40 split-folding rear seats too. Boot space is 452 litres.

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Other than that, what's been said about the sedan's interior can be said here as well. The front half of the Civic Hatchback's cabin is pretty much a carbon copy of the sedan, single-piece air-cond vents and all.

Also read: All-new 2022 Honda Civic begins USA sales; Corolla rival starts from RM 90k

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The Bose 12-speaker surround sound system also makes it here

Naturally some of the goodies carry over, including the electric parking brake (EPB), digital instrument cluster, as well as a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

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Round the back, legroom has been extended by around 3.6 cm while headroom remains the same from the outgoing car.

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Throughout the model, reductions in noise, vibration and harshness are further augmented with the use of structural adhesives, spray-in foam in the pillars, and additional sound deadening in the firewall and under the floor.

Performance - The manual lives on

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Huzzah! Honda hasn't killed off the stick-shift dreams yet as a six-speed manual is offered alongside a CVT. 

Drivetrain remains traditionally front-wheel drive, and the engines mirror those in the sedan, at least for the United States:

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Powertrains (USA)
Powertrain

1.5L, turbo 4-cyl

180 PS / 240 Nm

CVT / 6-speed manual

2.0L, NA 4-cyl

158 PS / 187 Nm

CVT / 6-speed manual

Also read: Here's why the manual transmission still matters

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Japan-spec 1.5-litre mill

The Japanese-spec car meanwhile comes with a 1.5-litre VTEC turbo four-cylinder mill with 182 PS and 240 Nm.

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Meanwhile, the Civic Hatchback's new body structure shows a 19 percent improvement in torsional rigidity over the preceding model. The stiffer structure supports improvements in ride, handling and refinement.

Honda also said that a full-hybrid Civic e:HEV and performance Civic Type R will follow in 2022.

Also read: All-new 2022 Honda Civic Type R to launch next year, alongside hybrid Civic e:HEV

Safety - Honda Sensing, tougher bodyshell

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Higher-end variants come with adaptive headlights

Benefits from the improved Honda Advanced Compability Engineering (ACE) body structure and redesigned front airbags carry over to the Civic Hatchback.

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Other Honda Sensing functions

In addition, the sharper Honda Sensing suite (now with Traffic Jam Assist and Low Speed Braking Control) makes an appearance here too.

Also read: From foggy roads to congested cities, Honda Civic’s Sensing is one of the best

Honda Civic Hatchback prices and availability

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Manufactured at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant for the first time in the nameplate's history, the Civic Hatchback will be going on sale in certain markets later this year.

Also read: Surprise! All-new 2022 Honda Civic FE could debut in Malaysia in 2021

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Although some of our ASEAN neighbours will see it on their roads, this isn't a model that will come to Malaysia. Recall that the outgoing 10th-gen Civic Hatchback, the FK, was sold in both Indonesia and Thailand but not in Malaysia.

Also read: Here’s why you can’t buy a Honda Civic Hatchback in Malaysia

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For us, we have the regular 11th-gen Civic sedan to look forward to, and we might also see the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V.

Also read: 

Start saving up: Your guide to the all-new 2022 Honda Civic before its Malaysian launch!

Worth trading in your X50? Guide to the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V, mulled for Malaysia

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Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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