tech2 news staffApril 29, 2021 22:27:10 IST
After looking at the car around the world a few days ago, Honda has finally unveiled the all-new Honda Civic in its entirety. Now in its 11th generation, the Honda Civic has once again evolved from the new, striking sedan it was in its outgoing generation to a calmer, three-box sedan designed to build on the strengths of its predecessor. It is clear from the images of the 2022 Honda Civic that the production model has not strayed too far from the design of the concept introduced last year.
The new Civic sticks to the wide and low position that the world now associates with the Civic, but the design and design are the complete opposite of the outgoing model. Honda has attached sharp corners and wrinkles, and the new Civic opts for a cleaner surface and a more mature look.
The face of the production-specific Civic looks largely similar to the prototype – the LED headlights (with LED DRL eyebrows) are embedded in the housing, the thin grille placed slightly forward, and the front bumper has a large radiator grille with LED fog lights housed in C-shaped housings on either side.
The bold shoulder line comes from the front fender and extends all the way to the taillights, and the window line has a subtle bend as it extends back towards the D-pillar – a nod to the current generation’s contract (on-site sales overseas). Understandably, the production model ditches the prototype’s 10-spoke 19-inch blends in favor of 16- to 18-inch-diameter wheels.
Under the skin, the new Honda Civic retains the foundation of the current model, but some important upgrades to increase rigidity to give the new Civic better driving dynamics. It has a 36 mm longer wheelbase and a wider rear track.
Inside, the new Honda Civic features a floating 9.0-inch touchscreen (7.0-inch smaller models), a 10.2-inch display for a fully digital instrument display, and a cellular network that covers line width and in-house AC vents. Another important addition is the presence of an electronic parking brake. The increase in wheelbase also frees up a little more space for rear seat passengers.
Honda has previously confirmed that the new Civic will receive a number of active and passive safety features, new airbag models and driver assistance systems. It has what Honda calls a donut-shaped driver-side airbag that is said to be called in a head-on accident, and a three-sided passenger airbag that is said to open like a book to improve front passenger protection.
In the United States, Honda offers two engine options – a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, free-breathing unit with 160 hp and 187 Nm of torque, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit with 182 hp and 240 Nm of torque. Both engines are connected to the CVT automatic transmission.
In India, the current generation Honda Civic was discontinued in 2020 along with the Honda CR-V when the company ceased operations at its Greater Noida plant. The main obstacles for the Indian Civic were its high price tag and weak powertrain combinations, which made the sedan struggle to find popularity even after the expected return to the Indian market. Given what happened with its predecessor, it seems highly unlikely that the 11th generation Honda Civic will come to India.