By on March 12, 2021

While the Honda Civic Sedan Prototype we saw last year was already a shoo-in for the production model, there’s always a chance that the brand will go against its own instincts and try to dazzle us with something that’s never coming to market. But it’s one of those “snowball in hell” kind of deals.

In addition to Honda being ultra-consistent and delivering prototypes that actually represent for-sale models, an example of the 2022 model year Civic leaked in China and we doubt the company has any intention of redoing the exterior just to surprise our market.

The vehicle you’re currently looking at will be manufactured by Dongfeng-Honda and is allegedly one of the models China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had to take a gander at as part of the country’s approval process. We actually spied it via the  Civic11Forumwhich makes no mention of the government agency and has a few photos with watermarks to a website that doesn’t seem to exist. Claims that these were homologation units came from Motor 1.

Regardless, it’s the spitting image of the prototype and its more-adult (see: Accord-like) styling. While the model with the black mirror caps and spoiler could be the promised Si version (Honda said it would be a sedan), the Type R is supposed to be hatchback only. The manufacturer also made it sound as though performance variants wouldn’t debut until after the base model appeared. But we’re inclined to believe Honda isn’t making many market-exclusive trims for global products like the Civic, so our money is on the Si.

While the same might not be true for powertrains, documentation from the California Air Resources Board has indicated that the United States is supposed to see the same 1.5 and 2.0-liter motors used on the current-generation Civic. However, those engines are likely to receive a handful of updates, though affixing them to a new transmission does not appear to be among them.

Odds are good that we’ll see an official debut within the next few weeks. Honda said to expect the new Civic to take the stage this spring and we’re only a few days away from the March equinox.


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36 Comments on “2022 Honda Civic Leaked in China...”

  • avatar

    It’s looking more and more like a Camry, circa 2000.
    That’s actually a good thing. More normal.

    There should be a knock-off version in three, two, one…

  • avatar

    This rear is a well-beat horse

  • avatar

    Another generic car, with generic look, generic CVT and generic packaging for the generic public. At least the current one has outrageous looks. This one will pass for any 1994 Mitsu Galant out there

  • avatar

    I find it very strange that I don’t see a cut line above the headlight between the front quarter panel and fascia. That would mean that both the front quarter panels and top of the front fascia are all a single steel piece? That seems doubtful. Maybe just bad photo, more likely photoshop?

    Looks very much like a mini Accord with the lobster claw taillights fixed, chrome unibrow removed…..all good things.

    For what its worth, you guys need you a Google news feed. Saw this story days ago. I will let it slide though since maybe you needed permission for the photos.

    • 0 avatar

      You’re right about the cut line, I’m surprised the white hides it so well. You can see it in the orange prototype model though. I doubt it would be a single stamped piece.

      The hood cut line is a little awkward on the side. The adjacent panel is crimped like 20mm below the hood. It seems to me they would have been better off making a slightly larger more clamshell-like hood to continue the character line

  • avatar

    I hope we can get one with a manual, especially in non-Si form.

  • avatar

    CVT? Pass

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    JAYsus but that’s an affront to the sleekness of both the 1992 Accord and Civic. I’m all for pedestrian safety – until it results in pedestrian styling. How are the ‘supercar’ manufacturers getting away with good-looking front ends?

    • 0 avatar

      There may be an exception for limited production vehicles. Ive never been endangered by a supercar on the road. I’ve never even seen a supercar on the road. What are my chances of being hit by one while crossing the street?

  • avatar

    Its a definite improvement on the current weird styling (sure do a 5 door liftback but the 4 door sedans shouldn’t resemble a liftback. Its just lazy).

  • avatar

    Honda has lost its will to live.

  • avatar

    It looks like Accord clone made by Chinese company. But people buy Civics not for its looks or how it drives. They buy it in USA because it is a Honda. Not my cup of tea though, I am nonconformist.

  • avatar

    The back end looks like a severe overbite problem. The styling is rather blah, but there is a lot of that going around.

    Neighbor across the street just got a new Elantra — that actually has some style to it. I’m not sure about the Joker (a la Cesar Romero) grin look on the front, but overall not so bad.

  • avatar

    Maybe it’s the angles and poor photo quality, but except the Civic rear end’s eerie resemblance to a 2015 Sonata, it looks like one of those nameless cars lifted from the pages of a manga.

    • 0 avatar

      I knew that I’ve seen this rear somewhere. Carbon copy of Jetta

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    It is not ugly but then it is not beautiful. Just another generic compact sedan and appropriately this one is white to make it even more generic.

  • avatar

    Trying to figure out why Honda is making an Accord carbon copy when the Accord is going to get redesigned in a couple years and look nothing like this.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Cadillac leading the way with that C-pillar kink.

  • avatar

    Yawn. Guess I’ll keep my 10th gen hatch a wee bit longer.

  • avatar

    Well, baby Accord isn’t bad. Certainly better looking than the current one. Let’s hope the oil dilution issues have been resolved. Mazda 3 is probably the best looking out of all the small sedans but pricy and very small back seat. Elantra has a bit of the catfishy looks of the Sonata..not a fan. The Kia Forte GT looks very sharp though. The new Corolla…hmm…not a fan.

  • avatar

    Are we sure that’s not the new Hundah Seavic that the Chinese stole from Honda’s intellectual property?

  • avatar

    Say goodbye to the Accord, not unlike how Lexus killed the GS and pumped the IS to replace it.

  • avatar

    So. The image I posted here half year ago was accurate

    in this case, hatch should be not too bad (speaking of looks)

  • avatar

    If it leaked in China, will it leak in the United States?

    Accord upfront, Jetta in the back. I like it.

  • avatar

    The rear view looks very 2015 Hyundai Sonata-ish, while the rest a less porcine Accord.

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