This is our first look at the next-gen Civic Type R

The new 11th-generation Honda Civic has been on the market for quite some time now, at least elsewhere in the world. There's also a new Acura Integra arriving next year. But the big question remains: what about the new Civic Type R? Honda did confirm that the Civic Type R will live on for the current generation. However, the automaker has yet to reveal details about the model.

That all changes now.

Honda has revealed the first images of the upcoming Civic Type R. It's still covered in camouflage, but it does give us an idea of what the new hot hatchback will look like. Compared to the current Type R, the upcoming model looks more sedate. However, we expect to see large vents on the front bumper once the camouflage is gone. Though it's a bit hard to tell, the hood appears to be vented as well.

All-new Honda Civic Type R is coming in 2022 image

What is more obvious, however, are the large Brembo brakes with red calipers and the large alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. The Civic Type R also gets a new spoiler at the back that is different from the one currently installed. It also looks more like a proper GT wing. Keen-eyed readers will also notice that there’s no vortex generator on the roof either. Honda did retain the signature center-mounted triple exhaust, with the middle exhaust now being bigger.

There are no photos of the interior yet but expect it to adopt the same minimalist interior as the standard Civic Hatchback. Honda will likely put in Type R exclusive sports seats, a different steering wheel, and a Type R cluster. More importantly, it will come with a manual gearbox like the Civic Hatchback.

For the time being, Honda remains tight-lipped out about the specifications of the powertrain. It will likely be an evolution of the current 2.0-liter turbocharged K20C engine used in the FK8 and could come with a bit more power. There’s no word yet where the new Type R will be made as the UK plant is now closed.

The new Civic Type R will officially debut sometime in 2022.