The Ford Focus was discontinued in North America some time ago, but the compact car is still going strong in other parts of the world. There, it will soon do battle with a brand new foe – the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback, the newly revealed hatch version of the already-unveiled 2022 Honda Civic sedan. The 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback will be built in the U.S. for the very first time, at the automaker’s Greensburg, Indiana plant.
The 2022 Civic Hatchback adds a little utility to the 11th gen model’s lineup with a five-door body style, larger rear cargo area, and Euro-inspired styling. It’s also designed to provide a sportier driving experience, with a 19 percent improvement in torsional rigidity over the last-gen model, a rear track that’s 0.5 inches wider, a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase, specially-tuned dampers and springs, and retuned steering.
For 2022, the Civic Hatchback offers two powertrain choices in most regions – a naturally aspirated 2.0L four-cylinder for LX and Sport trims that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, as well as a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder for EX-L and Sport Touring trims that produces 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT. In the UK, the Civic Hatchback will be offered exclusively with a hybrid powertrain, however.
In terms of technology, 2022 Civic Hatchback LX, Sport, and EX-L trims come equipped with a new 7-inch LCD instrument display and 7-inch touchscreen, while a 10.2-inch all-digital LCD instrument display is standard on the Hatchback Sport Touring, which comes equipped with a 9-inch touchscreen. A new Bose Premium Sound System developed especially for the model is available as well.
Both the 2022 Civic sedan and Hatchback come with an array of safety technology, including Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that provides additional crash protection, as well as the Honda Sensing suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies including Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Low-Speed Braking Control.
Honda hasn’t yet released pricing information for the 2022 Civic Hatchback, nor said when the new model will launch, but it’s expected to go on sale later this year.