The 2022 Honda Civic hatchback officially makes its debut and now comes with a manual transmission option. The hatchback version of the Civic was teased earlier in June, however, the Japanese automaker did well to hide the rear of the vehicle. While the overall design of the hatchback is similar to the sedan, Honda did change a few small things and even added a new mesh grille to help differentiate the two vehicles.
Where the sedan and the hatchback differ greatly is everything behind the B-pillar of the vehicle. For starters, the rear overhang and the overall length of the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback are shorter than that of the sedan. In fact, the hatchback is 124 mm shorter to be precise. Aside from this, Honda claims that the hatchback is also lighter than its sedan counterpart, as it uses more lightweight materials. The hatchback version of the Civic is also 50 mm smaller in terms of height when compared to the sedan, as the hinges of the rear hatch have been moved outward to get a lower roofline.
Honda has also given the Civic hatchback a new set of slimmer and sleeker taillights to help separate it from its sedan brother. Aside from this the car also comes with a full-width third brake light that spans the tailgate of the vehicle. This gives it an aggressive look which is perfect for the sporty appeal that Honda is going for with the vehicle.
On the inside, the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback comes with the same interior and cabin layout as its sedan counterpart but with a little more legroom. The Japanese automaker has stated that it has increased the legroom at the back by 35 mm, however, despite the lower roof, the hatchback was still able to retain the same headroom. Honda has also given the vehicle more cargo space thanks to the addition of 60:40 folding rear seats.
Under the hood, the 2020 Honda Civic hatchback comes with two engine options, a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated motor and a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. For reference, the 2.0-liter engine makes 155 hp and 187 Nm of torque, while the turbo motor makes 178 hp and 240 Nm of torque. Unlike the sedan that can only be had with a CVT, the hatchback version can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission for both of the engine options available.
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