Published on September 3rd, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Honda Civic Sedan Has A Human-Centered Interior And Technology
Here are some details about the 2022 Honda Civic Cabin
The latest version of the Honda Civic comes with a simple and clean interior design them. The cabin designers have provided an equally modern take on classic Civic design cues, such as the low cowl and an expansive outward view.
The instrument panel and other interior surfaces have all been designed with a minimum number of cut lines to reduce visual distractions. High-quality materials abound, especially on physical touch points, and extraordinary attention to detail was paid to the feel and operation of all switchgear and controls.
A visual focal point is a striking metal honeycomb mesh accent that stretches across the dash from door to door. More than just appealing to the eye, the mesh also serves as a visual dividing line between information above and controls below while also cleverly hiding the air vents. The Civic’s front seats have been redesigned for maximum support and long-haul comfort, helping to turn even the most torturous commute into something drivers look forward to.
Technology is focused on intuitive ease of use, from the first all-digital LCD instrument panel ever in a Honda (only with the Touring trim), to new color touchscreen audio systems mounted high on the dash. All Civic trims come standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, and wireless connectivity is available. For the first time, Bose premium sound will be available in Civic and has been custom engineered precisely for the Civic’s new interior.
Fine-Quality Trim and Materials
The early research conducted on the interior concept resulted in exceptional care taken throughout to use the highest quality materials and surface treatments. Controls and switchgear were all designed with a high tactile quality and simple design, with a metallic finish on components such as the climate control knobs conveying an upscale feel.
The interior door handles use a platinum-look coating for a high-quality appearance and were designed to be easier to use. The center console features a new finish that evokes the high-quality appearance of piano black, but without the propensity for smudges, fingerprints and scratches that can affect that material over time.
Fit and finish also was given a high priority. This included details such as precisely fitting the tweeter into the A-pillar, since it comes into the field of view of the driver. The center B-pillar was designed with a ridge that actively picks up outside light, making it look thinner, and reducing the feeling of confinement for rear seat passengers. Even the cover for the new Honda Sensing® wide-view camera was designed to create a sense of unity with the upper console, achieving a clean look.
The center console was designed with a focus on ergonomics to help drivers perform tasks easily and without distraction, while trim and colors were carefully chosen to give the console a class-above appearance.
The shift knob has been tilted toward the driver by 5 degrees, allowing the cup holders to be positioned to the right of the shift knob and still hold large-size cups. Smaller tubs built inside the holder allow it to stably hold smaller types of cups, such as the now-popular, skinnier insulated bottle. In front of the shift knob is a generous tray designed to accommodate large smartphones, doubling in the Touring trim as a wireless charging pad. The standard USB port in the front of the console is lit to make it easier to find at night.
Usability improvements include switches and other controls that are laid out along the driver’s operational flow. For Sport and Touring trims, the drive mode switch is located directly above the button for the electric parking brake, making it easy for the driver to find without looking. In addition, the large center console storage bin uses a lid which automatically pops up to a 60-degree angle (manually to 90 degrees), making it easier for shorter drivers to open and close the lid without twisting their body.
The console trim has a clear, gloss resin finish. However, to prevent the fingerprints and scratches that can mar the surface of piano black surfaces over time, the die for the console trim was machined in a very fine pattern. This pattern produces very fine lines which hide scratches much better, while creating an attractive visual accent for the cabin space. On Touring trims, the pattern is also used on the window-switch panels.
Reducing Cabin Noise
Cabin noise can be attributed to multiple sources, and engineers took a multi-pronged approach throughout the new Civic to address noise and vibration at the source and reduce the transmission of residual noise and vibration to the cabin itself.
This includes the first use of urethane spray foam for Civic, radically reducing cabin noise. The urethane spray foam is used in 10 places and is particularly effective in the hollow portions of the body structure, including the front and rear end of the side sills, and the starting and ending points of each pillar.
Engine vibrations were reduced by various measures, such as an improved torque rod to control longitudinal vibrations, additional fastening points of the engine side mount stay, and increasing the rigidity of both the crankshaft and oil pan on 1.5-liter turbocharged engines. Under-hood components that can transmit vibrations, such as the air cleaner and intercooler, were designed with an eye to reducing noise and vibration wherever possible.
Additionally, revised programming for the engine and CVT provide a more linear and natural-sounding relationship between engine and vehicle speeds.
Likewise, road noise is first mitigated at the source with multiple measures taken to reduce the vibrations that can cause noise. This included improving overall body rigidity as well as increasing the rigidity of the underbody panel. Additional measures were taken throughout the chassis to reduce the transmission of road noise through the suspension, including improved bushings in the rear multi-link suspension.
Sound insulation is used in multiple places throughout Civic to prevent remaining noise from the engine compartment, road, suspension, and even body panels from penetrating the cabin. This includes sound insulation on the underside of the hood and the dashboard panel, plus a dashboard inner insulator and noise-absorbing instrument panel insulator to reduce the transmission of engine sounds to the cabin.