2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Reprises Golden Days

2022 honda civic hatchback reprises golden days

The 2022 Honda Civic hatchback, the sportier sibling to the sedan revealed earlier, has been previewed by spy shots on the Civic XI forum as reported by CNET’s Roadshow. Added to the sedan, the hatchback will join the also likely-planned Si and Type R as the four permutations offered in the U.S.

From its outward appearance, there are very few similarities between the 10th generation Civic and its newly penned sibling. A more modern version of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) structure was utilized to add rigidity and greater protection for both driver and riders. In addition, the latest version of Honda Sensing, with the most advanced ADAS and road safety technology has been thrown into the mix.

Whether you applaud or not is probably dependent upon whether you’re a Hondaophile. Honda has confirmed they will continue U.S. production of the Civic by building the hatchback at the Greensburg plant in Indiana. Of the 10.5 million Honda Civics produced to date in North America, about half were in the U.S., with the remainder in Ontario, Canada.

The Civic emerged as one of the most influential automotive designs of the 1970s, the first European-style compact car offered in Japan, a level of sophistication never before seen in this class. The Civic quickly inspired its competitors to respond in kind. It also became something of a symbol of resistance to the Oil Embargo, when the Arab Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries targeted nations who supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War by reducing its oil supply.

Known as the Honda Shibikku in Japan, the Civic began in 1972 as a subcompact, graduating to the compact class in 2000, where it remains. A three-door hatchback, two-door, and four-door fastbacks were the first body styles, which grew to include a wagon and a sedan, the latter first seen in 1980. The first generation Honda Civic was introduced in July 1972 but sold as a 1973 model.

We might be getting ahead of ourselves to call the 2022 Civic hatchback’s debut its golden anniversary. We’ll have to see what Honda’s marketing brain trust comes up with to herald the arrival of the next-generation Civic. Gold being the traditional 50th-anniversary gift because it symbolizes timelessness, compassion, courage, and wisdom.

Whatever happened to the golden days, whatever happened to the plans we made, whatever happened to the late-night drives?

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  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Dec 12, 2020

    The world needs more oranges. The last Civic I test-drove was a 2018 in that most wonderful of all colors, silver. Was only slightly better because it was a 2 litre and a manual. This car looks like the update VW should have used for the Jetta.

  • DerrickV8 DerrickV8 on Dec 29, 2020

    Looks like another typical 90s and 2000’s dull car design. Full House era.. They wanted to appease the boomer crowd again. Fugg, they already have the Accord for dull designs. Keep the civic fun and experimental. The Del Sol was rad. Missing the 10th generation already...

  • 2ACL What tickles me is that the Bronco looks the business with virtually none of the black plastic cladding many less capable crossovers use.
  • IBx1 For all this time with the hellcat engine, everything they made was pathetic automatic scum save for the Challenger. A manual Durango, Grand Cherokee, Charger, 300C, et al would have been the real last gasp for driving enthusiasts. As it is, the party is long over.
  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.