Honda USA has revealed what it claims to be the most fun-to-drive and technologically advanced Civic Sedan in the model’s nearly 50-year history.
The new Honda Civic now sports a clean and modern design. A low bonnet and front fenders, and a low horizontal beltline help to ground the body.
The windscreen pillars have also been moved rearward by nearly 50mm, visually elongating its bonnet for a premium silhouette.
The cabin of the new Honda Civic follows the car’s clean exterior. Those pulled-back A-pillars, and low bonnet, now work with a flat dashboard and “hidden” windshield wipers to offer a more panoramic view.
Further improving visibility is the top of the Civic’s instrument panel, which has been designed with minimum cut lines to reduce windshield reflections and visual distractions.
A striking metal honeycomb mesh accent stretches from door to door across the dash.
It serves as a visual dividing line between the audio, information displays and the climate controls, while the intricate flow-through design cleverly concealing the air-conditioning vents.
All trim levels also benefit from a new front seat design that is claimed to firmly hold the body while enhancing comfort on long drives.
Depending on trim level, the US-bound Honda Civic will get either a 7-inch instrument display or a customisable all-digital 10.2-inch LCD instrument panel.
A 7-inch or 9-inch infotainment system is also offered, depending on selected trim level.
On the handling front, the new Honda Civic gets front MacPherson struts with new low-friction ball joints and front damper mount bearings. These will improve steering feel and self-centering.
The car’s spring and damper alignments have also been optimised to minimise friction.
At the rear, the track is 12mm wider for enhanced stability, with a new larger compliance bushing with an improved bushing axis to minimise harshness. Additionally, the two rear lower arms are equipped with a new bushing that reduces noise and vibration inside the cabin.
The new bushings also promote better straight-line stability and turn in. The electronic power steering has been re-tuned to provide better feedback and improved straight-line stability.
Two four-cylinder engines will be available for the 2022 Honda Civic: A naturally aspirated 2-litre and a turbocharged 1.5-litre.
The former produces 156bhp and 187Nm of torque, while the latter delivers 178bhp and 240Nm of torque (according to the SAE International testing standard).
Both engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).