The 11th-generation Civic is shaping up to be Honda's worst-kept secret of 2021.
It's only been a few days since the next-generation Honda Civic was spotted on the street somewhere in China, completely uncovered. But before that, photos of the sedan leaked online already. Well, it seems the new Civic has been seen on the road once again. Unlike before, these new photos show the US-Spec 2022 Ci. But more importantly, they are high-res, giving us a better look at the Honda's highly anticipated sedan.
The latest batch of photos comes from the Civic 11 Forum. Compared to the China-spec Civic, there doesn't seem to be any differences regarding exterior styling. Noticeably, the US-spec model does have amber corner lamps in the headlights instead of clear due to country regulations. At the rear, there is a lot less badging. In fact, there's only one. It's the “Civic” badge on the upper left side of the trunk. The other photos also show how big the Civic has grown compared to the older models.
Thanks to all the leaks, we now have a good picture of what the 2022 Civic will have to offer. So, what do we know so far?
First, let's turn back the clock to when Honda first revealed the prototype last year. It gave us a look at what the production would look like, albeit toned down. Thanks to the leaks, the prototype did resemble the production model with less aggressive bumpers. However, we have yet to see the sportier-looking Civic RS, which could end up looking exactly like the prototype.
Wait, will there still be an RS variant for the 11th-generation Civic? Well, if the engine leaks are to be believed, then likely so. Earlier this year, the California Air Resources Board published a document showing the engine options of the 2022 Civic for the US market. The engines listed were a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated mill and a turbocharged 1.5-liter motor. Both are paired to a CVT. No manual option was listed, but that still could change in the future.
Based on how Honda currently specs the Civic, the turbocharged powertrain will likely be used on the upcoming RS variant. Meanwhile, the naturally aspirated engine will go into the standard Civic, similar to the recently spied model. While the engines were for the US-spec Civic, the same treatment likely be made to the ASEAN units once. With that, the 1.8-liter engine and the 1.5-liter turbocharged motors from the current Civic could solider on into the new model.
With the continuous leaks and spy photos, it seems Honda is gearing up for the global debut of the 2022 Civic. It might not be too long before the production model is finally revealed in full.