The 11th gen Honda Civic lineup has now got a hybrid variant called Civic e:HEV, available in hatchback and sedan bodystyles; the latter appears to be exclusive to Thailand. Pricing for Europe is yet to be announced, but for the Thai market, the hybrid sedan is available as Civic e:HEV RS, priced at THB 1,270,000 (US$ 37,814).
Visually, the Civic e:HEV doesn’t look any different compared with the regular Civic hatchback and sedan models. The only difference I guess is an e:HEV badge on the boot lid. Also, the tailpipe is kinda hidden here as opposed to the other models in the lineup. Until the new Type R arrives, the Civic Si remains to be the sporty one.
Key features inside include a 9-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, a 10.2-inch driver display, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system. Safety systems include 10 airbags and Honda Sensing suite of ADAS.
The hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine and two electric motors, offering combined output figures of 135 kW (183.5 metric hp) and 315 Nm (232 lb-ft). Honda claims that the powertrain is capable of shifting seamlessly between EV, Hybrid and ICE drive with no input from the driver. The variant offers four driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and a new Individual mode that allows tweaking engine and transmission (CVT) response.
The ICE’s thermal efficiency of 41% is claimed to be one of the highest figures within the automotive industry for a production road car. The hybrid Civic is targeted to achieve CO2 emissions of less than 110 grams per km—which is less than 5 l/100km in WLTP testing.