The new generation of Honda Civic Type R is currently being prepared behind the scenes. She has just unveiled the photos of one of her prototypes.
(Updated on 04/10/2021 at 17:38) New Honda Civic Type R (2022) – A few weeks after the unveiling of its new compact, the Japanese manufacturer lifts the veil on the camouflaged prototype of the future sports variant. What do we know about this new Honda Civic Type R, vintage 2022?
In May 2020, the Nürburgring circuit welcomed a Honda Civic Type R on its track. So far, nothing more normal, since the compact is often illustrated there. In 2017, she also won there the lap record, in its category, before being delighted two years later by the Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R. But this somewhat peculiar Civic sported an unprecedented silhouette, under its imposing camouflage, since it was neither more nor less than the prototype of the next generation of sports car, expected in 2022.
An atypical profile
Despite all the precautions taken to guarantee his anonymity, it was easy to detect in his profile a clear break with previous generations of Honda Civic. The prototype featured an atypical two-and-a-half-volume architecture (almost a sedan), at odds with the compact silhouette of the current one. Until now, only the American Civic, very different from ours, sported this type of body. But it seems that the rationalization measures undertaken by Honda are pushing the latter to develop a vehicle with a global vocation, for this next opus.
This is why the design of the Honda Civic Prototype, officially revealed in mid-November, probably unveils a style very close to the European version. Except that it should probably reduce its rear overhang, so as not to stray too far from the average Volkswagen Golf and other Peugeot 308s, its obvious rivals.
Assembly in the USA
Another clue suggests that this European Civic will approach the US model. Since 2019, we know that Honda plans to close historic Civic production site in Swindon, UK, by 2021. Either at the very moment when the current generation will end its career. The one who succeeds him will be asked to migrate to the United States to be assembled there, in order to reduce costs.
4 wheels driving ?
Therefore, our illustration of the future Civic Type R gives a precise idea of what the final model could look like. Wiser than usual, design side, it should on the other hand run wild under the hood, with an engine that would be around 400 hp, according to rumors. To achieve this, the bombinette should resort to a rechargeable hybridization will allow it to enjoy 4-wheel drive, thanks to the provision of one or more electric motors on the rear axle. A great program that should start to thrill the Mégane RS. Is the Frenchwoman about to lose her throne?
Prix Honda Civic Type R
Launched in 2022, the future Honda Civic Type R should unfortunately inflate its prices considerably. The introduction of plug-in hybridization would increase its entry ticket from € 44,920 to a price of around € 60,000.
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