Honda Civic e:Hev hybrid revealed ahead Australian arrival

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New Honda Civic hybrid uses 2.0-litre petrol engine plus two electric motors.

The new hybrid-only Honda Civic has been revealed ahead of its Q3 2022 on-sale date in Australia, completing the brand’s plans to electrify all its mainstream models by the end of 2022.

The eleventh-generation hatchback was first revealed for the American market at LA motor show late last year.

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Alongside the Civic reveal, Honda also confirmed it will launch a small electric SUV, a new hybrid compact SUV and a new-generation CR-V in 2023.

The new Civic’s e:HEV system pairs a newly developed 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with two electric motors, producing 135kW and 315Nm  of torque. Honda said it is targeting under 110g/km CO2 emissions.

The hot Honda Civic Type R, however, will retain a pure-combustion set-up, likely to be based around an evolved version of the current car’s ‘K20C1’ 2.0-litre turbo four, which produces 235kW – making it one of the most powerful front-drive cars on sale today.

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Honda has taken an evolutionary approach for the 11th-generation Civic’s styling, though notably the new car adopts a fastback-style sloping roofline, ditching the current model’s prominent rear wing. The rear hatch itself is said to be lighter, and features smaller hinges for a cleaner roofline, while the A-pillars are two inches further back than on the current car and the wheelbase is 35mm longer.

The Mk11 Civic adopts a minimalistic and “human-centred” cabin design similar to the new Honda HR-V and Honda Jazz.

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A honeycomb-style trim panel with integrated air vents runs the width of the dashboard, while a free-standing 7.0in infotainment touchscreen brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

There’s no confirmed specification yet for Australia, but in the US, top-spec cars get a 10.2-inch digital driver display, a Bose sound system, wireless charging and a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen.

Rachel Burgess

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