The upcoming model year’s Honda Civic prototype shows us that sophistication reigns supreme in the modern era. From the looks of it, the 2022 Honda Civic is trading its full-on sportiness for a more luxe vibe. 

What the full redesign entails for the new Honda Civic prototype

The 2022 Honda Civic prototype enters the arena with some redesigns you’ll want to know:

  • A more fun-to-drive chassis
  • Multiple new powertrain options
  • Longer wheelbase
  • Cleaner grille design and smoother headlights
  • Larger infotainment center (increasing to 9 inches from the previous 5–7 inches)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • An overall smoother, more sophisticated design 

The 2022 Honda Civic is bringing active safety to the forefront

All Honda vehicles already receive a solid suite of active safety features, not the least of which are forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The brand calls their collection Honda Sensing. For the new model year that includes the Honda Civic prototype, we’ll see new technology added to the mix as standard.

Increased visibility will augment the 2022 Honda Civic’s LED headlights

An interior haulover will increase visibility for the 2022 Honda Civic, ultimately making it a safer ride for all. The Civic is already equipped with LED headlights, so this improvement serves as a more holistic approach.

Will we still get a coupe?

After seeing the Honda Civic prototype, we know we’re getting our classic compact sedan and hatchback. However, it doesn’t look like the coupe will continue on. Instead, Honda is focusing on its other, more popular configurations.

Honda is also discontinuing the Fit, a super compact city driver, for the 2022 model year.

Honda’s best-selling car is turning a new leaf

According to Forbes, Honda sold 222,800 Civic vehicles in the first 10 months of 2020. This is a lot more than the Toyota Corolla’s 171,000 units or the Hyundai Elantra’s 86,530.

The Civic is entering into its 11th generation, and it’s maintaining its momentum as we progress into the new model year. With the redesign, we’re seeing the 2022 Honda Civic take cues from its larger sibling, the Honda Accord. While the Civic hasn’t been redesigned since 2016, it has done exceptionally well for itself in recent years. Only time will tell if consumers respond as positively to the new generation.

Reportedly, modern Civic model years have resonated most with Gen Z, millennial and first-time car buying generations. When the Honda Civic prototype becomes a reality (likely as early as Spring 2020), we expect to see the compact sedan come first, followed by the hatchback, Si and Type R. 

We’ll be on the lookout to see when the brand reveals the 2022 Honda Civic in its final form.

Rachel Curry
"Hey! My name's Rachel Curry and I'm a full-time writer who loves telling the world's stories as much as hanging with my dogs (and that's saying a lot). A University of Delaware graduate, I've traveled extensively, living everywhere from Ireland to Thailand. Bylines include Matador Network and Delaware Today."

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    1. Waiting for the type R that does not look like a toy car, hopefully this will be the year!

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