Honda has sent us a teaser pic of the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback, seen above, but buried in a press release that’s mostly filled with the usual P.R. spin is this nugget: “An available, fun-to-drive 6-speed manual transmission.”
Yep, the stick ain’t totally dead yet.
The release is light on specs — full details won’t be revealed until June 23rd at a virtual concert featuring H.E.R and Majid Jordan. In fact, the only other news is that the car will built in Greensburg, Indiana, and that it would be available later this year. This marks the first time the Civic hatchback will be built in the U.S.
Even with little in the way of news, we can guess which trims will get a stick. An Si with a stick is almost certainly happening, though we need to note the last Si wasn’t offered in hatch guise, and the next Type-R will probably offer a manual, too. It’s possible those two cars could be manual-only, as the last versions were.
Our other best guess is that a Sport trim returns and offers the stick. The last-generation Sport trim was a slightly less high-strung version of the Si with more luxury and a hatchback bodystyle, and we’d bet our meager paychecks that Honda will bring that trim back.
A base model could also offer three pedals, as well.
The full skinny will be available on Youtube at 6 pm Pacific on June 23rd, if you like getting your car news from concerts.