Honda, today, is the first manufacturer to debut a car on the video streaming website Twitch. It picked a good and poignant one, the 11th-generation Honda Civic (actually it’s the prototype, but the next Civic will look a lot like this). The vehicle, Honda adds, was the most popular car in America four years running, and “the most popular vehicle, car or light-truck with millennials, Gen Z and first-time buyers.”
The body echoes past Honda Civics and designers used the company’s “Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum” philosophy “where the purpose of technology and design is to serve the needs of the driver and passengers.” I think all car design is supposed to do that, no?
The Civic Prototype looks low with a pronounced shoulder line and a sweeper going from the lower front wheels and wrapping around the bumper. Overall it looks simple, which is good. Designers moved the front pillars rearward towards the driver, extending the look of the hood, and the side mirrors are now door mounted. The front looks cleaner and smoother with c-shaped air intakes and a more horizontal look as opposed to the upswept headlights on the previous model.
Inside, we only get a sketch, buyers get a simple dash with what looks to be good visibility. The central part of the dash is covered in a honeycomb pattern disguising the “visually busy” air vents. The new Prototype comes with a new 9-inch display and a new driver information cluster. The 11th-gen Civic has an upgraded Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies as well.
We don’t have any information on engines, but we do know Honda is building Si and R versions and the automaker confirmed a hatchback model. Today’s base model carries a 2.0-liter four making 158 hp and a standard manual transmission. EX, EX-L and Touring models come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four making 174 hp. The Civic Si delivers 205 hp and the Type R is rated at 306 hp. Expect the new powertrains to stay close to these.
We also don’t have info on pricing yet, but the 2021 base sedan starts at $21,050 and the Touring model starts at $28,100. Expect a small price bump for the new year. The 2022 Honda Civic goes on sale next year.
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