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2022 Honda Civic Type R: next-gen hot hatch seen for first time

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2022 Honda Civic Type R prototype - front Honda's hot hatch set to go hybrid for its new generation, and could be unveiled as soon as next year

The first prototype for Honda's next-generation Civic Type R has been caught testing on German roads ahead of an expected 2022 debut. 

The early sighting, on roads near the Nürburgring race circuit, comes before we've even seen any spyshots of the standard Civic, which is likely to be unveiled in late 2021 and go on sale in 2022. The Type R could be revealed at the same time, however. 

The Renault Megane RS rival is heavily camouflaged in these shots, but unlike the current generation it doesn't appear radically different from its predecessor externally. The overall body shape, with its low, wide stance, saloon-style bootlid and big rear wing is familiar.

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A close look reveals the spoiler receives a new raised mounting, while the smaller lip spoiler on the bootlid no longer appears to dissect the rear window.  The lights front and rear are different, too, while this prototype doesn’t feature a centrally mounted exhaust. Further visible changes include a lower shoulder line and bonnet line, and headlights in less of a raised position.

A view of the interior shows what looks like a different wheel and dash design alongside a dashtop-mounted touchscreen, although its difficult to draw conclusions from this early prototype. 

Autocar understands that the next-generation Civic Type R will receive a hybrid powertrain as part of Honda’s electrification plans, which were accelerated last year with the aim of making all European sales electrified by 2025. 

It is also suggested that it will use a powertrain linked in concept to that of the NSX, which mates a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 with three electric motors. Its unclear whether that means all-wheel drive, but if Honda does go full hybrid in this way it’s likely. Such a development would also give the brand more performance potential, as engineers have previously hinted the current car is close to to the realistic limit in terms of power put through the front wheels.

One thing is for certain: the new Civic won’t be built at Honda’s Swindon plant, as it is closing in 2021. It’s unclear where the brand intends to produce the next-generation family car. 

 

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