Honda today has finally unveiled its 11th-generation Civic. The new sedan, previewed by a prototype shown by the company in November 2020, gets a sleek all-new exterior design and a refocused interior, as well as several chassis and tech upgrades to improve the overall driving experience.
The new body lines of the production 2022 Civic are virtually unchanged from the orange prototype we were shown last year. The mature, toned look features far less plastic cladding than the previous-gen car, with front and rear fascias that take inspiration from the Accord. Engineers have moved the windshield pillars back by almost two inches to elongate the hood, improving the silhouette. The low beltline and door-mounted side mirrors mean improved outward visibility, while LEDs are used on many of the exterior lights.
The 2022 Civic’s unibody is the most rigid in the car’s history, with an eight-percent improvement in torsional rigidity and a 13-percent improvement in bending rigidity versus the previous generation, according to Honda. With the goal of improving the ride, the wheelbase on the car has been increased by 1.4 inches, while the rear track has been widened by 0.5 inches. The suspension and electronically assisted steering have also been retuned, while many of the bushings and ball joints have been upgraded to quell vibrations and optimize the car’s handling. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.