The brand new 11th generation Honda Civic has been revealed in the European specification. Honda E: Base versions using HIV technology will only be offered as a hybrid model, but a hot type R version is also in the pipeline.
We’ve already seen the new Honda Civic in the US market as a saloon, but the new hatchback variant shows us what UK buyers can expect when it sells this fall.
The 2022 Civic is slightly toned from the current model without any fake vents, less slash and an overall cleaner look. On the front it looks amazingly similar to the saloon, but with bigger changes behind that variant, a quick-back design called the Honda. This opens up a much larger boot than the saloon, courtesy of the hatchback shape.
The estate model was dropped with the 10th generation Civic and it is unlikely to return with the new model. The wheelbase has been extended 35mm on the tenth generation hatchback with a wider rear track for greater cornering durability.
The launch of the Hybrid Civic means that Honda’s European lineup is now fully electrified. The e: HEV name has already been used in hybrid Jazz, CR-V and HR-V but the Civic powertrain will be a newly developed 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine. Combining a 72-cell lithium-ion battery, dual electric motor system and engine, the powertrain pumps 181bhp and 315Nm of torque with WLTP-rated CO2 emissions below 110g / km.
Switching to hybrid power would mean more direct rivals of Honda Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Ionic.
The Civic has been offered as a hybrid in other markets before, but this is the first time a hybrid Civic hatchback will be made available to UK buyers at a discount at the short-lived, standalone Civic Hybrid Saloon. It will also be the only powertrain option – discounted to the upcoming Type R version which we hope will hold the 316bhp 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain of the outgoing hot hatch.
Driving modes range from Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual, allowing the Civic to switch between full-electric, hybrid and engine-only power.
There are three trim levels to choose from; Elegance, sport and advance. Choose the range-topping advanced model and inside you’ll be greeted by a 10.2-inch driver’s display LCD panel and a BOSE 12-speaker sound system. There’s also a new nine-inch central touchscreen as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Honda has given the new Civic a new version of its Sensing – the firm’s advanced security features system. These include 100-degree front wide-view cameras, advanced recognition technology, lane keep assist, low speed braking control and blind spot information.
Production of the new Civic will be in Japan, Honda has recently sold the Swindon plant where the previous generation was made. No price has been announced for the UK but we can expect it to be around the same price as the recently updated £ 28,625 light-hybrid Ford Focus.
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