New Honda Civic unveiled
Honda releases first official image of new five-door Honda Civic hatchback
- Offered exclusively as a hybrid
- Larger dimensions to offer more passenger and luggage space
- Will arrive in showrooms in autumn 2022
This is the all-new five-door Honda Civic. Now in its 11th generation, the new hatchback will be offered exclusively as a hybrid, becoming the latest model to feature the brand’s e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain when it arrives in autumn next year.
The powertrain, which is already in use in the recently launched Honda Jazz, the CR-V and forthcoming HR-V, pairs a 1.5-litre petrol with two electric motors and is part of Honda’s plan to meet the objective of all European mainstream models featuring electrified powertrains by 2022.
The Jazz manages 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds and nearly 63mpg, and the new Civic will need to post similar figures if buyers are going to switch from the recently discontinued 1.6-litre diesel.
The new Civic is tasked with replacing both its predecessor and the bigger Honda Accord, so it’ll grow in size. This image shows that it’ll also get a more restrained design, with less intricate headlights, a grille like the one on the latest Honda Jazz, and a more conventional tailgate style - albeit with a nice full-width light bar.
Already more practical than its closest rivals, the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, the next Honda Civic may rival the class leaders for passenger and luggage space - possibly matching the large Skoda Octavia and some family SUVs in terms of space.
Inside, a new touchscreen will be on top of the dashboard and will feature a new infotainment system using tiles like the system in the Honda e, rather than the Garmin aftermarket unit that comes in the current car. Overall, it’ll have quite a minimalist look, with many of the features likely to be controlled by the touchscreen or a screen in the dial cluster. We’re pleased to see a bank of physical climate control buttons.
A new Honda Civic Type R variant will come to the UK, and we expect a warm Civic Si to sit underneath it.
It’s not known whether a fully electric Civic is in the pipeline. An electric Civic would need a much bigger battery and motor than the Honda e, which only has a small battery and limited driving range.