While the auto revealed today may be badged a "Prototype", the Civic Prototype can be seen as a near-final, production-ready representation of the next-generation 2022 Civic sedan which, if Honda's recent form with prototype concepts holds true, should likely debut in production form sometime in the next six to nine months.
There is a new 9-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, while the new Civic will also come with a digital instrument cluster which will likely be configurable. The rear profile of the vehicle has also received notable changes and now appears to stand wider than before and gets a larger pair of LED tail lights, new spoiler and updated dual exhaust tip. That's why Honda's best-selling model overall in the USA is the compact sport utility vehicle, the CR-V, not the Civic.
Those new rear lights take the place of the old C-shaped units, which is kind of a shame in my eyes.
That said, I do like the subtle integrated boot spoiler.
While Honda has not revealed much about the interiors, the design sketch drops plenty of hints. A honeycomb mesh accent along the dashboard hides air vents to give the interior a simpler appearance. The rear end of the Civic now looks a bit like an Alfa or BMW, which is hardly a bad thing.
Styling notes aside, the 11th-generation Civic will get an upgraded suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver assistance systems.
The production version based on the prototype will eventually make its way to India in late 2021 or mostly in 2022. However, Honda has yet to confirm any of the car's measurements.
Honda didn't say what powertrains will be offered, but added that there will be sporty Si and Type-R models along with a four-door hatchback, which will be built alongside the sedan in the U.S. The current hatchbacks are imported from a factory in the United Kingdom that's set to be closed next year.
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As the Civic closes in on almost a half-century, the four-door is getting a modest makeover for its 11th generation. All-wheel-drive is rumoured to be in the works, but a slim chance for the Australian market.
The Honda Civic Prototype wears a new paint scheme christened Solar Flare Pearl and it will enter the colour palette in the production version. A hatchback will follow at a later date.
Inside is where the 2022 Honda Civic sees the most dramatic changes.
UPDATE, 18/11/20, 6:40pm: After initial reports surfaced earlier today, Honda Australia has confirmed to CarAdvice the new Civic sedan will not be offered in Australia.
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