The 11th generation Honda Civic made its world debut at the end of April 2021. That is to say the Civic sedan made its debut. Once upon a time, automakers released one model in all its trims, but this time around Honda is keen to differentiate between the sedan and hatchback versions of its ever-popular compact cruiser.
What are the differences, exactly? Aside from the obvious, we don’t quite know yet but we will find out on June 23. That’s when Honda will formalize the Civic Hatchback, and apparently it won’t be just a matter of pulling the tarp. Accompanying the Margaritaville-themed teaser photo, Honda sent out a short announcement outlining plans for a full virtual concert. Joining the Civic hatch on stage will be Canadian pop duo Majid Jordan and American artist HER, who was part of a similar music-themed debut for the Civic sedan in April.
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As for the car itself, there is no reason to expect any major changes between the sedan and the sedan, except for a hatch in place of a trunk. We’re told the hatchback will offer a six-speed manual transmission for drivers who don’t want the stock CVT. We don’t know if it will be offered with the sedan’s two engine options, which include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 158 horsepower (118 kilowatts) or a 1.5-liter turbo developing 180 horsepower (134 kW).
Styling, the hatchback is generally the more sport-oriented choice and it could add a bit more bite to the conservative Accord-inspired exterior of the sedan. However, the new Civic is pretty good on the inside, with digital displays and a cool dashboard wearing honeycomb trim along its length. It is also well equipped, with an updated version of the Honda Sensing suite of safety systems. Diving into the options will reveal a 9-inch touchscreen, a 12-speaker Bose stereo, and plenty of luxury items for the compact, working-class hero.
The 2022 Civic sedan goes on sale later this year.