The company said while the model showcased recently is a prototype, most of the highlights will make their way into the actual vehicle set for a launch next year. The sedan will make its transition to the 11th-gen after a run of 48 years in the global markets. But we won't know the specifics on when the new Civic launches until the production version officially debuts sometime in the first quarter of 2021.
November 18, 2020, 2:55pm: The Honda Civic Prototype has been officially unveiled. It retains the low ride and bonnet of its predecessor, although Honda says designers extensively reworked the upper body by moving the A-pillars forward, to improve visibility. Honda has yet to confirm if the new model will be offered in the United Kingdom and Europe.
At the back, too, the new Civic's styling is far simpler compared to the current Civic.More news: Ontario to get 2.4 million COVID-19 vaccines in early 2021: Elliott
The next-gen Honda Civic will launch in North America in 2021 in its sedan form before the arrival of the Hatchback, Si and performance-spec Type R versions.
The sedan's rear profile now appears to stand wider than before and has received notable changes, such as a larger pair of LED taillights, a new spoiler, and an upgraded dual exhaust tip..
The central touchscreen inside of the Honda Civic grows from 7.0 inches in the current model to a more robust 9.0 inches here in the prototype.More news: Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley’s ‘Chaos Walking’ Shares First Preview
Honda has only revealed the saloon version of the Civic in prototype-guise; finished in an all-new Solar Flare Pearl colour - and it's certainly eye-catching - but less busy than the previous model.
In a win for enthusiasts, U.S. media reports that Si and Type R variants will retain their manual transmissions. Look closer and you'll notice that the trim piece conceals the HVAC vents, giving the impression of one continuous design element. Expect the instrument cluster to be fully digital in the production version of the auto. Even as automakers, including Honda, unveil more crossover SUVs and some even drop sedan models altogether, the Civic remains crucial to Honda's success. "Civic has always exceeded expectations, and the all-new Civic will continue that legacy of setting the standard for compact cars with human-centred design, outstanding dynamics, style, safety performance, and driver enjoyment", said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Dimensionally, overseas media report the Civic Prototype - and eventual, showroom-bound 2022 Civic sedan - will be similar in size to the current Civic, with around 25-30mm increases in overall length and wheelbase.More news: Horgan to address British Columbians as COVID-19 cases continue to rise