All-new Honda Civic revealed: sensible design, hybrid power

Published: 24 June 2021

► Clean design inside and out
► Entirely hybrid power in Europe
► Coming here at the end of 2022

More details of Honda's perennial Civic have arrived, as the brand confirms some info on the hatchback bound for Europe.

The reveal of the hatchback comes months after the initial debut of the North America-focused saloon variant, showing off a much more demure and reserved design than the retina-assaulting looks of the previous model that has spawned a Type R variant we love so dearly.

The European hatch will come as standard with the brand's new e:HEV hybrid powertrain ¬ variants of which have already made their debut in the latest Jazz and HR-V. It'll more likely be the same powertrain as the HR-V, meaning a 129bhp and 187lb ft affair with power sent to the front wheels. The battery will be big enough to support a few miles of electric-only driving.

civic interior

Other than that, European-specific details are scarce. The North American market will get a 1.5-litre turbo making 180bhp via a six-speed manual – something we won't get access to.

Other details explained across the pond include the Civic's new clean interior with a horizontal panel stretching the width of the interior and slick mesh coverings for the air vents. A new nine-inch infotainment system running the same UI as the new Jazz and HR-V and tech upgrades like new adaptive headlights feature.

We'll have to wait for more specific technical specifications, but Honda says the new Civic hatch will arrive in Europe in late 2022.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches