When talking about automobiles, we couldn’t leave out the frontrunner from Japan, Honda. Participating in the industry for decades, Honda established a massive fan base. Therefore, many couldn’t wait for the 2022 Honda Civic Type R’s release, the new hybrid from Japan’s technology.
Honda Civic had been around since the ’70s and, at first, introduced as a compact car. But to meet the international demand, Honda Civic faced various rebadged through the years. Among all of those rebadging, Honda Civic Type R is one of the popular choices.
Since its first introduction for the US market back in 2017, Civic Type R got a huge success. This could be a mark where the US welcomed the Japanese brand with a warm demeanor. With its urban yet sporty look, Type R became hot stuff among the automobile community in the States.
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2022 Honda Civic Type R Redesign & Updates
It would take a lengthy paragraph to describe the revolution of Honda Civic Type R. But this model was firstly introduced in the 6th generation (1997 – 2000). From there, Type R continuously became a fixed model that was produced for each generation.
The current Honda Civic Type R is now designed based on the 2016 model. Therefore, we think it will also still necessary for the 2022 model with some upgrades. Thus, maybe there will be some softening for the wedge shape in the current model.
Overall, Type R is still representing the urban and sporty look from the Honda Civic hatchback. Therefore, we will even see the long nose and low body of the Type R. This due to mounting the engine up front and the lithium-ion battery on the floor. For that reason, the car might look too heavy because of its low appearance.
2022 Honda Civic Type R Interior
For the interior design, there will be several new changes from the information that we gathered. Both the steering wheel and dashboard are new. Thus, you wouldn’t find the familiarity between the current edition with the 2022 model.
Furthermore, there’s also a significant difference in the entertainment unit attached to the dashboard. It will be a detached screen mounted, instead of the integrated unit like what we can see in the last model. But we can expect the usual built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in this car.
Engine Specification and Performance
Meanwhile, for the engine, we can expect that Honda will put 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 for the machine. This engine is estimated to surpass the current 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft torque. But this expectation is solely based on the current model. Thus, there’s no confirmation whether we would still get the 6-speed manual transmission or not.
Therefore, we can also have the possibility of getting an all-wheel-drive for the 2022 Type R. This to replace the front-drive hot-four that this model still currently using. Also, looking at the trend in the automobile industry, the Type R will adopt electric vehicle technology and pair it with the mentioned engine.
With that, the official statement on the website said that the new Type R for 2022 could produce up to 400 horsepower. Theoretically, it means the 2022 upcoming release can produce 300 kW, which can be a good start for Honda to compete against the other cars in the same class.
Let’s say we can rest assured about the safety side with this powerful Honda Hatchback because the Japan manufacturer obtained an overall high score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since the Honda Civic 8th generation. Thus, we can assume that the upcoming Type R would follow the legacy.
Meanwhile, for the precisely Type R, we can expect the automatic emergency brake, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and also automated high beam as a standard. Further, it should also equip with the current safety standard from a car with its class.
2022 Honda Civic Type R Release Date & Pricing
Many predicted that Honda would introduce the 2022 Honda Civic Type R in the last quarter of 2021. Then, it will officially ready to purchase in 2022. But it doesn’t matter the final say, and Honda will unveil and release this car at the same time. For that, we only can have to wait.
Regarding the price, it would be partially high, because Type R is always in high demand. Not to mention with the hybrid technology, you would get one of this car for around $150,000. This high price is one of the reasons why Honda will not distribute this car in several countries.
Honda Civic Type R will face several tough competitors such as Toyota GT86, VW Golf R, Hyundai Veloster N, and Mercedes-AMG A35.
Honda Civic is the epitome of luxury and sporty at the same time. Moreover, it is equipped with the current trend engine with hybrid technology. Thus, if you’re hoping to achieve that title, you can prepare your budget from today to get one of the 2022 Honda Civic Type R.