We’ve seen the sedan, and soon we’ll see the hatchback version of the 2022 Honda Civic.
The wraps will be pulled off the hatch on June 24, 2021, ahead of an Australian launch expected to take place by the end of this year.
It’ll be the only body style available here, with the current-generation sedan to enter run-out.
The company has released two teaser images, though we’ve already got a good idea what the Civic hatch will look like inside and out.
Honda Australia has confirmed the sedan won’t be coming here but we’re locked in for the hatch, including the hot Type R.
The local hatch is expected to come from Thailand, while the Type R will likely come from the US with Honda ending UK production.
The US-market sedan’s cabin was revealed with a distinctive honeycomb accent running across the dash, incorporating the air vents.
Conventional climate control dials also remain present, unlike the rival Volkswagen Golf.
We expect the hatch’s interior to differ little from that of the sedan, which means a larger, 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, available digital instrument cluster, and a neat, restrained dashboard design.
Likewise, some of the outgoing car’s exterior excesses appear to have been toned down.
There’s a distinctive up-kick of the belt line at the C-pillar, but otherwise images have revealed a more formal look with fewer creases.
The current hatch’s rather racy front and rear bumpers will likely be toned down, though the as-yet unseen Type R may still maintain some visual aggression.
Rather than today’s angular design, the new Civic has a more conservative and largely rectangular set of tail-lights which seem to be inspired by the US-only Insight sedan.
Local specifications have yet to be revealed, but we know the North American-market model will feature carryover powertrains in the core range.
That includes the turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine currently offered here in the 10th-generation car, which produces 134kW of power and 240Nm of torque.
North American buyers will also receive a 117kW/187Nm naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four, though our current base engine is a 1.8-litre with 104kW and 174Nm.
Honda’s Australian dealership network has shrunk somewhat as the company gets ready to launch its new agency sales model on July 1, 2021.
The change to an agency model will see Honda Australia own all of its stock.
Dealers will no longer be able to undercut each other on price – all cars will instead wear a non-negotiable price tag set by Honda Australia, and dealers will be rewarded for each sale by head office.
Honda Australia sold 51,525 cars in 2018, before deliveries dropped to 43,868 in 2019, and 29,040 in Coronavirus-hit 2020 as it prepared for the shift to agency sales.
Annual sales under the new model are expected to drop further, to 1650 cars per month – or just shy of 20,000 sales per year, though that’s also due to Honda dropping models like the popular Jazz.
Civic sales could also shrink with the new 11th-generation model, with volumes potentially affected by the loss of the sedan body style.