Honda has introduced modifications to its lineup for 2021, a few of which we have been anticipating for some time—whereas some which can be a little bit of a shock. The massive information surrounds the Honda Civic, which is on the finish of its present lifecycle. There’s an all-new 2022 Civic on the way in which, and so Honda is rearranging its compact-car stalwart’s lineup a bit prematurely of that debut.
However the Civic Si will not grasp round. It is on pause—Honda’s very clear that it’ll return for the 2022 mannequin yr, however there will not be a 2021. What’s not coming again is the Civic Coupe. The official phrase at the moment is that the Civic Coupe will conclude manufacturing on the finish of the 2020 mannequin yr. This should not be stunning—coupes are disappearing all through the section, and Civic was one of many final holdouts. Honda factors out that the Civic Hatchback has additionally been stealing coupe gross sales—as much as 24 p.c of all Civic gross sales since 2016, whereas Coupe gross sales have fallen from 16 to six p.c over the identical interval. The Hatchback will take up the sporty mantle within the Civic lineup for 2021 and past.
Extra dangerous (however unsurprising) information, should you’re a fan of the space-efficient and surprisingly fun Honda Fit: It is useless in America. 2020 would be the closing mannequin yr for the automotive often called the Jazz in different components of the world, nevertheless it’ll keep in manufacturing by way of the autumn to meet any remaining demand earlier than departing our shores. Honda says the Civic Hatchback and the HR-V are already taking sufficient gross sales away from Match that, collectively, the 2 automobiles can merely take its place. We have additionally had robust indicators that this may occur, since Honda already indicated that the funky fourth-gen Honda Fit, offered elsewhere, wouldn’t come to the U.S. Contemplate that confirmed at the moment. Honda will improve manufacturing of the HR-V to capitalize on rising gross sales (and the departure of the Match), which had been up 19 p.c in 2019.
One closing discontinuation is the Clarity Electric, but we knew about this back in March. Unloved, the corporate’s solely EV within the U.S. will not be a lot missed. Honda’s uncompetitive 89-mile EPA vary meant the Readability, for no matter different charms it could have had, by no means had the best specs to compete within the small however rising EV house.
Whereas mild has been shed on the 2021 lineup, we do not have all the small print but on the 2022 Civic. We count on it to be sleeker than the considerably busy 10th-gen automotive, with improved comfort and security all through and a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four underhood. The two.0-liter base engine, nonetheless, might go the way in which of the Coupe—however no main loss there. And we additionally count on the Hybrid to bow out, with the Perception carrying the gas-electric flame. We’ll miss the spunky little Match, however we should always see nice issues from the 2022 Civic.
Up to date to incorporate affirmation from Honda concerning the Civic Coupe discontinuation after the 2020 mannequin yr, and incorporate details about mannequin gross sales figures.