Meet the safer Honda Civic, both literally and figuratively

2022 Honda Civic Prototype reveal

The company said while the model showcased recently is a prototype, most of the highlights will make their way into the actual auto set for a launch next year. A body line running along the side of the Civic gives it a sleek and low appearance. Coming to the prototype, the new Civic moves away from its bold and distinct design and now looks a lot more lighter and sophisticated.

Honda hasn't said what engine will power the 11th-gen Civic, but that information should be unveiled closer to the availability date, where we'll also hopefully learn about pricing. The 11th-gen Civic looks much more dynamic and sportier than its predecessor as it boasts a lower height, lower hip point, lower hood and front fenders, and lower horizontal beltline that grounds the body that highlights the wheels and tires of the sedan.

Only shown in a sketch, the interiors too follow in the vein of the newest Hondas. Up front, Honda's Solid Wing face grille appears to be completely gone, replaced by a slim black bar and a row of louvres that has the Honda logo in the middle.

This cabin is pushed back and the bonnet has been elongated, and while it certainly retains the character of the Civic, there's no doubt there's a new design language being invented here. The redesigned interiors offer exceptional ergonomics and outstanding visibility and the modern styling elements and the technology add to the enhanced in-cabin experience.

Honda has confirmed that the new-generation Civic will be offered in sedan and hatchback bodystyles once it does hit production lines. The vehicle rides on 19-inch alloy wheels. The sharp angular backlights, high up reflectors on bumper, dual oval exhaust tips, and straightened-out trunk lid, gives strong vibes of Audi sedan. Speaking of which, dominating the dash would be a touchscreen infotainment system that is as large as 9-inches. So there is a simple yet tasteful layout, highlighted by the full-width honeycomb mesh detailing that hides the AC vents.

Inside, the new Civic will have its first fully-digital gauge cluster as standard equipment.

Honda has also mentioned the new Civic will get a raft of active and passive safety features, new airbag designs and driver assistance systems, but hasn't elaborated on any of them. The current Honda Civic starts at $21,050 for the base LX model, and the range-topping Touring trim starts at $28,100.

Come late spring 2021 (May), the Civic sedan will get launched in the US, followed by the hatchback, performance-focused Civic Si, and finally the high-performance Type R.