Honda is sticking with compact sedans.
While some automakers have exited the segment in favor of SUVs, Honda will introduce an all-new Civic next spring that it previewed with a concept revealed Tuesday on Twitch.
The 2022 Civic has an updated design that’s closer in style to the current Honda Accord’s, with a low, wide stance and large windows for improved visibility compared to the bunker-slit design seen on many cars today.
The interior, shown only as a sketch, features a simple, horizontal dashboard inspired by early Civics that has a digital instrument cluster, tablet-style infotainment system and a strip of honeycomb trim meant to better conceal the air vents.
Honda didn’t say what powertrains will be offered, but added that there will be sporty Si and Type-R models along with a four-door hatchback, which will be built alongside the sedan in the U.S. The current hatchbacks are imported from a factory in the U.K. that’s set to be closed next year. The two-door Civic Coupe, however, has been discontinued.
The Civic was the seventh best-selling vehicle in the U.S. through the first three quarters of 2020 and second only to the Toyota Camry among non-SUVs and trucks. However, Honda cites data that shows it beats the Camry among retail customers after fleet sales – like those to rental car companies – are factored out.
Although it is billed as a concept, the styling of Honda and Acura’s show cars is typically representative of the production models that follow.