Early in 2019, Honda released a statement indicating that the company had closed down its production facility in Swindon, England. This particular facility builds the Civic Type R and Civic Hatchback. The company made this decision so as to consolidate all production of this car in Japan. However, there are some reports that the 2021 Honda Civic Type R will be made in America.
Why it will be manufactured in the USA and not anywhere else
The company released a statement through online car magazine Autoblog. Here, it indicated that the Civic Hot Hatch and the Civic Type R is a very popular hot hatch in the USA. Hence, production is being shifted there.
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There are also statistics which support this decision. Almost 20% of all Civics that are sold in North America are hatchbacks. This is a number that not only impressed the car’s enthusiasts, it also beat the earlier expectations of the company. Already, the current Type R is being built in Ohio, USA. The hatchback produces 306 horsepower (hp) and 295 lb-ft of torque.
From what we know, Honda has revealed that the anticipated North American production of the car will not be performed until the company launches the next generation Civic. As a result, it is likely that the 2021 Honda Civic Type R is going to be released in 2020 or 2021.
Sneak peek of the car’s exterior – 2021 Honda Civic Type R
Along with the news about the change in a production plant, Honda released a number of teaser photos depicting what the new Civic Type R could look like. We have analyzed them and can conclude that it is most likely going to be a very aggressive looking car. Its front fascia will likely be supremely angled. The front bumper is enhanced to maximize the car’s air intake. To keep it aggressive, it could also have fog lights which are set into dark chrome inserts. This not only boosts visibility, it adds some attractive contrast to the vehicle.
The new 2021 Honda Civic Type R is quite likely to have a grille that extends to cover both headlights. Together, the headlights and grille form an inverted V on the car’s nose. The hot hatch has an air intake vent on its hood. It has a 5 door architecture and contrast coloring on the rearview mirrors. This adds to the sporty appeal of the vehicle.
Towards the rear, the new hatchback is quite likely going to be equipped with an exaggerated spoiler. The rear lights are expected to use LED technology just like the ones in the front. The new car is expected to ride on 18-inch wheels. We also presume that it will have contrasting brake calipers and low profile wheels. Overall, we are confident that it will have a very sporty appearance.
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From our experience with Honda hot hatches, the company is quite likely to maintain the sporty appearance even in the interior of the vehicle. Hence, we can be confident that the 2021 Honda Civic Type R will have a flat bottomed, multifunctional steering wheel. Behind it, the car could have an LCD screen providing information such as speed, mileage and rev counts.
The car will most likely be brought to life by a push-button ignition system. Also, the center stack is quite likely to have an 8-inch touch-sensitive screen. Here, the driver and occupants could keep up with the navigation, infotainment and air conditioning in the car. Upon purchase, we expect that drivers will have a chance to pick from paddle shifters or the traditional gear selector lever.
In the cabin, the new car is likely to have space for 5 passengers on 2 rows. The seats could be upholstered in materials such as leather, Ultrasuede and Alcantara. A collection of cubby holes, cabins, and cup holders will be available for storage purposes.
Price, Release Date and Availability
We hope that the new 2021 Honda Civic Type R will be released at around 2020 or 2021. Upon launch in showrooms, we estimate that its base trim could have a sticker price of $28,750. Additional extras such as the performance kit could increase this price significantly.