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New prototype of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic shows that it's going mainstream

Honda says that this is a prototype of the 2022 Civic, but it's actually pretty close to the real deal.

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It's nearly time for the 2022 Honda Civic to shine in the spotlight. Until then, a prototype of the model will have to do. The 11th-generation Civic is expected to be officially be revealed very soon.

Honda is promising the 11th-gen lineup will include the Civic Sedan, Civic Hatchback, Civic Si, and Civic: Type R. The Honda Civic Coupe will be gone after the 2020 model year. The Civic hatchback has accounted for 24 percent of Civic sales 2016. During the same period Civic Coupe sales fell from 16 percent of the market to just six percent.

Honda says that the new Civic will be built with a "sportier, fun-to-drive new chassis, more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, multiple new Civic-first features and technologies, and further advances in active and passive safety features and performance."

2022 Honda Civic Prototype

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With that, the Civic returns to a more mainstream look, away from the sharp angles of the body and crab-like rear of the current generation. Honda says that their designers returned to the human-centered "'Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum' philosophy, where the purpose of technology and design is to serve the needs of the driver and passengers. The styling manifests these timeless design concepts in a fresh and exhilarating new way."

The team started with the fundamentals including a dynamic shape and sporty stance then moved on to make sure that the car appears "thin and light" while still allowing expansive greenhouse. This means that the roof pillars were moved forward relative to the driver and the side mirrors were relocated.

The 11th-generation Civic's face is more sophisticated, and much more similar to the Accord than its predecessor. There's an elongated hood, upright grille, and wider track, which is complemented by new taillights that emphasize the width of the small car.

2022 Honda Civic Prototype The 2022 Honda Civic will have a more spacious interior than the outgoing model.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Just as its outside did, the interior of the Civic is due for a makeover. It too has design lines the emphasize the width of the cabin. The instrument panel is said to be clutter-free while the same goes for the dashboard. In front of the drive rig a new meter cluster and a 9.0-inch high-definition infotainment touch screen is mounted at the center of the dashboard.

Honda designs every model with safety in mind and the Civic is no exception. It will include multiple new active and passive safety systems, including an upgraded suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies, and multiple new airbag designs. The car's body structure has been updated for added collision protection for both occupants and pedestrians.

The Civic Sedan and Hatchback will be built in North America.

Honda has said that the 2022 Civic Sedan will go on sale in the spring.

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The GMC Hummer EV SUV will finally make its debut in April.

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The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is almost ready for production - expect to see it this autumn - so that means that it's time for the next chapter of the Hummer, the Hummer EV SUV.

The two models are expected to share powertrains, drivetrains, and much body structure. Think of it as the relationship between the Chevrolet Silverado and Suburban, or the Rivian R1T and R1S. Either way, it's a tried and true formula that works well given the vehicles' similar body sizes.

2022 GMC The GMC Hummer EV SUV (top) and truck (bottom) were teased ahead of the GMC Hummer EV's debut in stylized images. Photo courtesy of GMC

Because we're already seen the Hummer EV truck, we have an idea what can be expected from the Hummer EV SUV. The first Hummer EV, the Edition 1 model,. delivers 1,000 horsepower, has a 350-mile all-electric range, and goes for $112,959. In the ensuing years, GMC Is slated to deliver less powerful and far less expensive versions of the truck. This is a formula that likely plays out for the SUV as well.

Expect the dimensions and wheelbase for the SUV to be similar to the Hummer EV truck as well. Built on GM's new flexible architecture, the Hummer EV fits between the traditional and extended wheelbase sizes of the 2021 GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. It's over a foot longer than the Hummer H2 and a few inches taller than the Ford F-150 Raptor.

What we don't know is if the truck's t-top-style Infinity Roof will be carried over into the SUV. It's likely that Crab Walk mode and Watts to Freedom launch mode will make the cut.

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 will have 350 miles of range coming from its GM Ultium battery pack. This is the same power supply the SUV will get.

GMC will unveil the Hummer EV SUV at 5 p.m. ET on April 3, 2021 and feature it during the NCAA Final Four. Reservations for the model will open immediately following the reveal on the same date.

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An all-electric vintage Bentley offers retro looks and modern tech.

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It's been a busy few months. Lunaz has increased its U.K. electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing footprint by 500 percent and added the world's first electric classic Bentley to its portfolio.

"Restoration, re-engineering and electrification responds to the global requirement for a clean-air future," said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz. "The Lunaz proprietary powertrain has been proven by furthering the legacies of the most significant cars in history. The time is now right to establish a significantly expanded presence to answer the global need for much wider conversion applications. Our commitment to the UK as a global centre of technical excellence in EV engineering is signalled with the commissioning of a permanent home for our rapidly growing business."

New home

The new Lunaz production home, designed from the ground up, will be completed this spring. It will feature a state-of-the-art design and a research and development hub. The company will have the ability to finish surfaces, engineer batteries, restore the bodies of vehicles, and crafts key components in hard and soft finishes in-house.

Customers will be able to access a hosting space on the second floor of the building, which has an uninterrupted view of Silverstone Racetrack. Beyond race days, the suite will be used as consultation space with the Lunaz design team.

Lunaz Bentley Continental

Lunaz is now offering electrified versions of vintage Bentley Continentals.

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Electrified vintage Bentley Continental

Following the offering of an all-electric vintage Rolls-Royce, Lunaz is responding to demand, offering a full production of the world's first electric Bnetleys.

"The Bentley Continental is the definitive British grand touring machine," said Lorenz. "Customers across the globe asked us to create the world's first electric expressions of these iconic cars. The result marries the beauty and presence of these extraordinary cars with a proven answer to the key questions of reliability, usability and sustainability that surrounds classic car ownership. We are proud to further the legacy of the Bentley Continental with the start of full production from our significantly expanded UK manufacturing presence."

The most recently completed car is a 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur by H.J Mulliner. It is presented with a two-tone paint job and an interior that is finished in hand-restored lustrous green leather with burr walnut trim. Modern conveniences have been fitted to the car including power steering and air conditioning. An infotainment screen with navigation and Apple CarPlay functionality is also included.

This particular model will be used as a daily driver by a U.K. car collector so hill seats have been integrated into the rear.

Lunaz will now permanently release production allocation for Bentley Continental S1, S2, S3 in two-door and four-door configuration. In addition to fixed-head cars, the company will also offer rare Continental Drophead Coupé examples.

Prices for original factory steel-body cars start at £350,000 excluding local taxes.


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