Honda has just unveiled the European version of the new Civic that is exclusively available in hybrid form, wearing the e:HEV badge. The model is celebrating the 50 years of the Civic hatchback, while completing the electrification of the European range.
In the Civic, the e:HEV powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine working on the Atkinson cycle, dual electric motors, a new power control unit, an intelligent power unit and a 72-cell lithium-ion battery. The combined output is 181 hp (135 kW / 184 PS) and 315 Nm (232.3 lb-ft) of torque sent to the front wheels through a fixed-gear transmission.
This makes the hybrid incrementally more powerful and significantly torquier than its predecessor’s 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo which produced 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft), still available in the US-spec Civic Hatchback. At the same time, the targeted CO2 emissions are less than 110 g/km in the WLTP cycle, helping Honda comply with the strict EU emission regulations.
The Honda Civic e:HEV will be available in Europe starting from Autumn 2022.