Honda has officially unveiled every single detail about the all-new 2022 Honda Civic. While we already know what it looks like from the outside thanks to the Japanese automaker’s first teaser photo and from countless leaks, we finally have an idea of what the interior looks like.
And oh my what a gorgeous interior it has. This is the first time we’re able to see how the interior looks like and we’re loving every single bit of it. From the rich soft-touch dash to the knurled finishes on every single knob and button, this is a tactile and premium interior done right. We do think the Mazda 3 is still a bit more premium, but we have to wait and see what it truly feels like when this car arrives in the Philippines.
What you’re seeing is Honda’s first application of its “Simplicity and Something” interior design philosophy which we talked about two days earlier. Their marketing speak has translated well into the all-new Civic, featuring a low cowl, thin pillars, and large expanses of glass for excellent visibility. In addition, the interior is as simple as it could get, with reduced visual noise and fewer buttons. On the other hand, the “and something” aspect is supposedly the interior feeling rich and premium, and at least from a visual perspective, the all-new Civic more than delivers.
For the first time ever in a Civic, drivers will be greeted to a fully digital 10.2-inch gauge cluster and a 9-inch touch screen infotainment on higher variants. Entry-level models will feature a part-digital gauge cluster that’s similar to the current Accord and a smaller 7-inch touch screen. Also offered for the first time is a premium 12-speaker Bose surround sound system on higher variants.
Exterior dimensions for the all-new 2022 Honda Civic have grown incrementally, which leads to increased interior room. As expected, this has led to a slight weight increase, but it’s not as dramatic relative to its increase in size. Blame increasingly stringent worldwide safety standards for this. On the upside, the all-new Civic’s torsional rigidity has been improved by 8 percent with bending rigidity being improved by 11 percent.
As expected, the all-new Civic’s exterior redesign has been on the evolutionary side of things. After all, who wants to mess with a winning formula? Upfront, you get the brand’s signature Solid Wing face that’s flanked by standard LED headlights. The front A-pillars have been pushed back a bit, giving this all-new Civic an even longer hood. At the sides, the window line has been lowered for better visibility, while the all-new Civic’s C-pillar treatment looks similar to the Accord’s. Lastly, the rear fascia features a pair of more conventional LED taillights, replacing the C-shaped ones from the previous model.
Powertrain options remain largely the same for the all-new 2022 Honda Civic, though there’s good news for the turbocharged engine. The North American model will still continue to feature a 2.0-liter inline-4 i-VTEC gasoline engine that produces 158 hp and 187 Nm of torque, while the 1.5-liter inline-4 VTEC Turbo gasoline engine now produces 180 hp (+8 hp) and 240 Nm (+20 Nm) of torque. We won’t be surprised if the ASEAN version will receive the same upgraded 1.5-liter turbo mill and a smaller 1.8-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine as the base offering. All engines are mated only to a CVT.
As with every modern car nowadays, you can expect a suite of advanced driver-assist features courtesy of Honda Sensing. This should include the usual automatic emergency braking, full-speed radar cruise control, lane departure warning, among other features. Honda is also introducing a first-ever airbag system that reduced brain injuries. The driver airbag features a donut-like shape while the front passenger airbag has a three-sided book-like shape. Both airbags have been designed to cradle the head upon impact.
The all-new 2022 Honda Civic will go on sale first in North American dealerships in the summer of 2021, with pricing to be announced closer to its on-sale date. On the other hand, Honda Cars Philippines President Masahiko Nakamura has already hinted at the Civic’s possible arrival this 2021.