Honda New Zealand is launching one comprehensively-equipped 11th-generation 2022 Civic hatch to the market priced from $47,800.

Globally customers have purchased more than 24 million Civics since 1972, making it one of the top six best-selling passenger cars. New Zealand was the first country outside Japan to assemble the Civic, and they were assembled here until the 6th generation in the mid 1990s.

Using ‘Sokai’ design Honda New Zealand says the 2022 Civic hatch has upgraded suspension, chassis and high-rigidity body to improve driving dynamics and reduce noise, vibration, and harshness.

The new Civic hatch is equipped with a knee air bag for the driver and front seat passenger, enhanced Honda Sensing and Traffic Jam Assist, while the 131kW/240Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine offers new levels of performance, efficiency and refinement says the manufacturer.

Standard equipment includes a 9-inch colour touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, for the first time in a Civic it offers a Bose premium sound system, as well as a 7-inch digital instrument display.

Following its debut in the all-new Jazz, Honda’s new Anti-fatigue Seat enhances comfort on long drives with a combination perforated leather and Ultra Suede upholstery with added shoulder support for the new Civic. Both Drivers and Passengers seats are power adjust 8 and 4 way respectively.

To meet present and anticipated future collision standards while minimizing additional weight, the Civic Hatch uses the next generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure says the manufacturer. This is realised through careful design coupled with the use of lightweight materials, such as aluminium and various grades of high-strength steel, as well as the additional structural adhesives.

“The Civic is a critical part of Honda’s DNA in New Zealand, and that continues with the new 11th-generation,” Honda New Zealand marketing and product manager Matt Woodburn says.

 “With its sporty, fun-to-drive driving character, Euro exterior styling and flexible interior packaging, the new Civic Hatch will appeal to those new Honda fans as well as our long term Civic loyalists,” he says.

With a coupe-like profile inspired by European sport backs, the 2022 Civic Hatch sports a new exterior design in a distinctive and sporty way. Compared to the 10th-generation Civic Hatch, its windshield pillars also have been moved rearward by nearly 5 cm, its wheelbase is 3.5cm longer and its rear track is 1.3 cm wider. 

The Civic Hatch incorporates unique styling cues to give it an even sportier attitude, including a distinctive grille mesh with a slight concave shape. 

It’s smoother, sleeker roof line is made possible by a new lightweight composite hatch and by moving the hinge mechanism outward, allowing a roof height reduction of 50 mm in the hinge area. Rear legroom has been improved by nearly 3.5 cm and rear headroom has been preserved, thanks to the new hinge design. 

LED lighting is used extensively for the exterior, including the wide-set headlights, daytime running lights, parking lights and fog lights.

Four colours are available on the 2022 Civic Hatch, including the new to Civic Premium Crystal Red, Civic exclusive Sonic Grey Pearl is carried over along with Premium White Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl.