Here to threaten the Mazda 3, all-new 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback makes world debut
Sanjay · Jun 24, 2021 09:15 AM
This is the all-new 2022Honda 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
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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, there's a new lightweight composite hatch and repositioned hinge mechanism, allowing a roof height reduction of 50-mm in the hinge area.
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
2022 Civic HB
Interior - Now-familiar look
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.
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.
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.
Round the back, legroom has been extended by around 3.6 cm while headroom remains the same from the outgoing car.
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
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:
The Japanese-spec car meanwhile comes with a 1.5-litre VTEC turbo four-cylinder mill with 182 PS and 240 Nm.
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.
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.
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.