Honda Civic has made an international appearance in the 11th generation form. The new platform has made the car stiffer, says Honda, which could mean the next Civic Type-R could be a hotter hatchback
The 11th generation Honda Civic has been unveiled and the Japanese manufacturer has given out its mechanical specifications and feature list. The unveiling has been focused on the international markets and Honda says the new sedan will be launched in America between July-September 2021.
To start with what’s new for the 11th generation. The 2022 Honda Civic is based on a new platform therefore the chassis is more rigid than the predecessor. Honda claims to have improved the chassis dynamics and reduced the NVH levels of the sedan. The wheelbase of the new car is longer by 25.4mm and the rear track has been widened by 12.7mm.
Honda claims to have improved the mechanicals of the new sedan to offer low drag and friction. The new braking system, suspension units, joints and other cycle parts offer reduced rolling and moving resistance which in turn offers higher fuel efficiency.
The engine options have been unchanged and the 2022 Civic continues with the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated in-line four-cylinder petrol motor and the 1.5-litre in-line four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The larger engine is available with the LX and the Sport variants, whereas the smaller turbocharged engine is offered with the EX and the Touring variant. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is the same as before and the power and torque figures remain unchanged,155bhp at 6,500rpm and 187Nm at 4,200rpm.
The smaller 1.5-litre turbo-petrol motor now produces 6bhp and 20Nm more than its state of tune in the 10th gen Honda Civic. The power is now rated at 177bhp at 6,000rpm and 240Nm of torque between 1,700-4,500rpm. Both the engines come mated to a revised CVT gearbox, however, only the Sport and Touring variant get paddle shifters.
Moving to its safety features list, the new Civic gets 10-airbags with a Honda Sensing system as standard across all variants. The higher model gets the Blindspot information system with the cross-traffic monitoring system. The top of the line variant gets low-speed braking control that works with eight SONAR sensors – four in the front and four at the rear – to apply brakes at low speed if the system senses an obstruction in the path. The list continues with Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist.
Just like the subtle styling on the exterior, the cabin gets a thoughtful layout as well. An up-right stacked 9-inch infotainment screen takes the centre stage and the dashboard gets a mesh-like pattern with chrome inserts. The larger infotainment screen is offered with the top-spec touring variant only, just as the all-digital 10.2-inch instrument cluster. The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay and gets a Bose sound system with 12-speakers for multimedia.
The Honda Civic was discontinued in the Indian market in December last year. Since then Honda has been focusing on its hatchback and compact and subcompact sedans in India and have not shown signs of bringing back the Civic. However, with the upcoming launch of the 4th gen Skoda Octavia, Honda could reconsider stepping back into the C-segment sedan space to occupy the market share.