Sales may be down for all automakers, but Honda has a lot to look forward to in the new decade. The Japanese company redesigned the City, investing more in electric power, and updating current models as fast as they can. Now, there's another thing we can all get excited about with Honda.

That would be the eleventh-generation Civic, which is coming mid-2021 as a 2022 model.

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It's not just speculation. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. confirmed it a few months ago, saying that it is all set for a Spring 2021 debut. There have even been spy shots of the all-new Civic, which was recently spotted testing in Thailand. Now, alleged patent photos of the eleventh-generation Civic are floating around the internet.

This might be the 2022 Honda Civic image

If these photos are legitimate, these images might be our first look at the future Civic. The patent photos that have leaked are of the hatchback model. By the looks of it, Honda played it safe with the next-generation Civic. After the revolutionary design of 2015, another dramatic redesign might turn off some potential customers. It also looks like the car takes some cues from its big brother, the Accord.

You can see some traces of the Accord at the front. There are the elongated headlights and a slim grille that connects them. Also, the C-shaped corner air intakes take some inspiration from the mid-size sedan.

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It also looks like the new Civic will move upmarket since the patent drawing give the impression of a bigger vehicle. The hood is noticeable longer and flatter than the current model, and it seems to corroborate the spy shots from about a month ago.

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At the back, it's an evolution of the C-shaped theme from the current generation, at least for the hatchback. The taillights are slimmer than the present model, but you can still see a bit of the 2015 version there. It also has a strip that connects the taillights together. Also, the rear glass is noticeably larger than before.

This might be the 2022 Honda Civic image

As for the sedan, it's no longer exactly the same as its five-door counterpart. If anything, the taillights remind us of recent Audi sedans, but that's not a bad thing now, is it? Also, the trunk lid is set higher than the current Civic, making it less coupe-like and more like a traditional sedan.

Of course, the only way we can confirm the patent photos is once Honda debuts the car soon. Spring 2021 is less than six months away, so it will still be a lot of sleepless nights for Honda and Civic fans worldwide.