Honda Civic 2022: Type R set for summer reveal
Say hello to the revised Honda Civic hatchback. It gets a new look, improved infotainment and will be available with a number of hybrid drivetrains.
The company has also revealed that the hot Type R will be revealed later this year. Here’s everything we know so far.
Honda Civic 2022 fast facts
- Tweaked styling across the range
- Hybrid drivetrains across the range
- New infotainment system
- Order books to open later this year
- Type R set to join range after launch
Honda Civic exterior
Externally, the pictures reveal the next Honda Civic will very much be a development of the current car. Going somewhat against the grain, the new car appears to have gained a smoother and less angular appearance.
The headlights are slightly softer, but combined with the grille and rear end it’s still obvious that it is related to the current model. Round the back, a full-width light bar has been added, as has a new bumper.
The wing has disappeared from the rear boot lid too, while Honda has increased the wheelbase by more than an inch. This will boost legroom and allows the car to have a more fastback look.
Honda Civic interior
The inside has a freestanding 7in touchscreen infotainment system – likely a development of the current car’s which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. A 9in upgraded unit will also be available.
The driver now benefits from a 10in digital display as standard, while the steering wheel and buttons have been updated too.
The dashboard design means the infotainment has actually moved – in the middle portion, you’ll now find a stylish trim piece that incorporates the air vents in the centre and passenger side.
Honda Civic drivetrains
The biggest change for 2022 is that the CIvic is going hybrid only. The system is known as e:HEV, with three engines likely to be available (but at this point just speculation).
They include two 1.5-litre petrol engines (currently found in the Jazz) and a larger 2.0-litre unit (seen in the latest CR-V). e:HEV engines use mild-hybrid power, with all of them featuring an electric motor as well as the petrol unit.
Honda Civic Type R
The hot Type R snapped above is set to launch after the standard range, and will feature the same 2.0-litre turbo VTEC engine used in the current model. However, enchancements could include mild-hybrid tech and more power – up to 350hp according to sources.
The images don’t give much away, but you can expect a seriously aggressive bodykit to feature, along with internal tweaks that make the Type R model special than the standard car. The new Type R has already been setting lap records, having taken top position for front-wheel drive laps at Japan’s Suzuka circuit.
Honda Civic release date
Specs and list prices are still to be confirmed for UK cars, but we know it’ll launch here later this year. The Type R will et its debut in the summer months, with deliveries for that likely in early 2023.
We’ll bring you pricing, specs and of course the best leasing plans as soon as they are revealed.