After launching the 11th Generation Civic sedan a few weeks back, Honda has now introduced its sportier hatchback counterpart in full. Meet the 2022 Civic Hatchback. And just as Honda promised, this model comes with a proper manual gearbox. But before that, let's check out the styling of the Civic Hatchback first.
Like the previous-generation model, the new Civic Hatchback bases its design on the sedan's exterior styling. With that, the front end of the hatchback looks very much the same as its 4-door counterpart. However, Honda didn't just copy the front-end and called it a day. To match its sportier appeal, the Civic Hatchback gets a mesh grille with a slightly concave shape.
While the front-end of the Civic Hatchback may look identical, that's where the similarities to the sedan end. Everything behind the B-pillar is new and unique to the 5-door model. To give it a more hatchback-like profile, the Civic Hatchback's rear overhang and overall length are shorter than the Civic Sedan by 124mm (4.9-inches). The automaker claims the hatch itself uses lightweight material, and the hinge mechanism has been moved outward to lower the roof height by 50mm, giving it a more distinct hatchback design.
Rather than slapping on similarly styled taillights, Honda gave the Civic Hatchback a unique taillight design with a full-width third brake light that spans the tailgate. Compared to the ones fitted on the sedan, the taillights on the hatchback are slimmer and sleeker, a perfect match for its sportier appeal.
Inside, the Civic Hatchback shares the same cabin as the Civic sedan. Passengers sitting in the second row will enjoy large windows and a smaller corner window in the C-pillar. Honda says legroom is up by 35mm and headroom is similar to the sedan thanks to the hatch's design. There's also more cargo space, and the rear seats can fold 60:40.
Powering the 2022 Civic Hatchback in the US are two engine options – a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder and a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four – shared from the sedan. For reference, the 2.0-liter mill is rated at 158 PS and 187 Nm of torque, while the turbocharged unit packs 180 PS and 240 Nm of torque. Unlike the Civic sedan, which is only available with a CVT, the hatchback gets a 6-speed manual option for both engine options. In Japan, a hybrid engine will be available in 2022.
What's more interesting is the return of the Civic Type R. Honda says the next-generation hot hatchback will debut in 2022 and will use the new Civic Hatchback as its basis.
The chances of Honda introducing the Civic Hatchback in the Philippines is slim to none, but we can hope, right? It would be nice to have a sporty Civic with a manual gearbox once again without having to pay for the premium of a Type R.