TOKYO — The redesigned Honda Civic hatchback continues the nameplate's tradition of gradually growing bigger. It's a little longer and gets a wider rear tread, not to mention more rear legroom.
Honda Motor Co. pulled the wraps off the updated compact hatch late Wednesday in an online unveiling.
On the outside, the 2022 hatchback shares the same styling evolution as the new-generation sedan, which was unveiled in April. The sedan has just gone on sale, and the hatch is expected to arrive stateside this fall.
The front pillar is pushed back, and the roofline tapers back into more of a fastback silhouette. The beltline gets pulled higher for a more upscale look marked with a sleek, straight crease.
The 11th-generation hatchback is longer and slightly lower than the outgoing model. It also has a longer wheelbase. The reconfiguration helps eke out extra rear-seat legroom.
It will be available with both the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbocharged engines. mated to either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual.
Honda has confirmed that the hatchback will form the base of a new-generation Type R hot hatch that will arrive in 2022. A hybrid version, employing Honda's new e:HEV two-motor system, will also be introduced next year in select markets. Honda Canada didn’t immediately say if either — or both — would be available in Canada. Honda, which offers no hybrid version of the Civic in the United States and Canada, plans to drop internal combustion from its worldwide lineup by 2040.