Not long after revealing the Civic sedan, the 2022 Honda Civic Hatch has been revealed before a late-2021 Australian release. Introducing a cleaner and more modern styling language, the latest generation Civic will only be available as a hatchback in Australia, with the sedan not coming down under. For the first time in a Civic hatchback, a hybrid drivetrain will be available too – though not until 2022.
According to the brand, “By evoking the human-centred cabin design of early generations of Civic, the interior of the new hatch is simple, clean and uncluttered with exceptional visibility, intuitive ergonomics, extraordinary passenger volume and driver-focused technology.”
Stylistically, the 2022 Honda Civic Hatch takes the sedan’s clean new look and adds a more European look, according to the brand. It’s been ‘inspired by European sportbacks’, says Honda, and we can see that in its sloping rear. The sedan’s angular taillights have ditched for curvier units, while large windows remain.
The interior of the 2022 Honda Civic Hatch is identical to the sedan. This means that there’s a new layout with a classy horizontal air vent strip with a honeycomb grille, a 10.2-inch digital driver’s display and a new 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system offering wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Other available tech includes a 12-speaker Bose sound system, up to 10 airbags and the full suite of HondaSensing active safety kit.
Based on the same platform as the last-generation Civic, the 2022 Honda Civic Hatch’s measures 4,549mm long, 1,801mm wide, 1,415mm high and with a 2,736mm long wheelbase. This makes it 34mm longer, 2mm wider, 6mm lower and with a 36mm-longer wheelbase than the current model. The boot appears to be quite similar to the current model, and will likely offer the same or more than the current model’s 414-litres of space.
Under the bonnet of the 2022 Honda Civic Hatch will be the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that’s currently offered. In US-spec, it makes 134kW/240Nm, which is a slight boost on the current car’s 127kW/220Nm Australian-spec outputs. The US-spec cars will be available with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic, but Australian-spec cars will be solely available with the latter.
For the first time in a Civic Hatch, Honda has confirmed that a hybrid drivetrain will be available in 2022. We’re not sure what it will be, but it could be same drivetrain that features in the Accord – that car pairs a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor – though the new HR-V (also recently revealed) features a 1.5-litre hybrid set up, so there are a few different options available to Honda.
Since its global launch in 1972, Honda has sold over 27 million units of the Civic in over 170 countries. It remains a phenomenally important car for the brand. The eventual Type R will be coming to Australia too, likely in 2022.
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