The company has offered hybrid versions in years past as well, though for the previous generation Honda moved the hybrid model that used the basic Civic design to its own nameplate, Insight. Honda did not show the interior of the prototype and instead released a design sketch. Honda has told us the new design is meant to make the Civic look lower and wider than before, despite being nearly identical in size to its predecessor.
But the Civic is important for Honda because it attracts young, value-focused buyers (prices for the current Civic start at just over $20,000.) Those Civic buyers, as they get older and their incomes increase, often become loyal Honda customers, Robinson said.
The rear end of the Civic prototype is much bolder than before with larger split taillights (so long, light bar) within a smoked housing. Most striking is the strong shoulder line although the unique kink to the glasshouse and a stubby boot with the integrated spoiler has been reimagined for this generation too. A freestanding 9.0-inch touchscreen taking pride of place on what is an otherwise minimalistic dashboard. The Civic cabin will have a "dramatic makeover" with the words "clean" and "uncluttered" frequently cropping up in its description.
The Honda Civic Prototype wears a new paint scheme christened Solar Flare Pearl and it will enter the colour palette in the production version. A honeycomb mesh design stretches the width of the facia, helping hide the air vents.
Behind the wheel will be an all-digital instrument cluster, a first for a Civic.
Honda is racing into the sport side-by-side segment with the Talon 1000X. The current 2020 model gets the brand's Honda Sensing suite of active safety equipment standard with every trim level. It does also seem like a more evolutionary step forward than what we saw previously in the transition from the 9th-gen to 10th-gen Civic. The real 2022 Honda Civic likely won't show up until early next year before hitting dealerships shortly thereafter.
Overall the Civic looks simplified and more sophisticated, but it does keep the sane style grille, low bonnet and stance - although the former has been downsized.
Official pricing of the 2022 Honda Civic, meanwhile, will come even later.
The new Civic will go on sale in the late spring starting with the sedan version.
In design terms the new Civic sedan is an evolution of the current generation, while also gaining some mature inspiration from the larger Accord.