Just weeks ago, Honda gave us a glimpse of the 2022 Honda Civic. And just as promised, the Japanese automaker officially detailed the new model today, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect when it arrives in our country.
Starting off with the exterior, Honda’s “Machine-minimum, Man-maximum” philosophy is very apparent in the new design. Like we’ve said before, a lot has changed. There’s no more of that childlike, Gundam-looking design. The new Civic has, in fact, matured in looks. The new face looks clean and sophisticated. The side profile looks premium with an elongated hood. And the rear is distinctly wide which is further emphasized by the new taillights. This new design puts the Civic in line design-wise with its bigger, more luxurious sibling, the Honda Accord.
Moving on to the interior, Honda said the new Civic will feature their new interior design philosophy. There’s no better word to describe this new design than “revolutionary.” It has completely departed from the old Civic interior design. Without the badges, there’s no way to distinguish it as a Civic. It’s simple, tidy, and very premium-looking. In fact, it resembles the award-winning premium interior of the Audi Q7.
There’s a new metal honeycomb mesh strip on the dash that stretches from door to door. This mesh trim houses the A/C vents which have been purposely hidden underneath to make it look very neat. Honda has also overhauled the digital instrument cluster, making it simpler and easier to understand. And for the first time ever, the top-variant Civic now comes with a Bose premium audio system that’s specifically engineered for the car. Moreover, leather and soft-touch materials can be found all around the cabin. Honda said that the new leather seats are designed specifically to enhance comfort during long drives.
As for the engine, you can get the new Civic with either a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated motor or a 1.5-liter turbocharged motor. The naturally aspirated engine packs 158hp and 187Nm, while the smaller but turbocharged engine packs 180hp and 240Nm. There’s no manual transmission for now hence the only option is CVT.
Honda retains the MacPherson strut at the front and the multi-link rear suspension at the back. Although Honda said it has been recalibrated for more responsiveness. Meanwhile, there are no changes for the braking system as they are still the same power-assisted ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the back.
More importantly, Honda made the new Civic even safer. The top-variant now comes with an updated Honda Sensing suite, new wide-view front camera, traffic jam assist, and low-speed braking control system. And for the first time again, it now has a set of side airbags for the rear passengers.
The all-new Honda Civic 2022 ticks all the boxes, yet again. We are pretty sure that this model will be a success locally. Not just because of the drastic improvements, but also because the Honda Civic nameplate has been patronized ever since time immemorial here.