During the unveiling of the new Civic Hatchback in Japan final June, Honda introduced that it will introduce the e:HEV hybrid version of the car this year. Although the worldwide reveal hasn’t occurred but, there are already rumours of the petrol-electric model being prepped for an impending regional debut, with Headlight Magazine reporting that the automotive will be launched in Thailand soon.
Citing unnamed information sources, the net publication mentioned the automotive will function the extra highly effective 2.0 litre model of the Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system from the Accord Hybrid, relatively than the 1.5 litre variant presently employed by the City and HR-V e:HEV.
This tracks with a report from Japan’s Best Car, which additionally acknowledged that the Civic e:HEV will obtain a 2.0 litre engine. This ought to give the C-segment sedan an enormous efficiency increase, if the outputs of the Accord Hybrid are any indication.
The bigger D-segment mannequin is powered by a 184 PS/315 Nm electrical motor, which will get its energy from a 2.0 litre Atkinson-cycle i-VTEC four-cylinder that produces 145 PS at 6,200 rpm and 175 Nm at 3,500 rpm. The petrol mill may also present motive energy at greater speeds utilizing a single-speed transmission and a lock-up clutch, contributing to a formidable complete system output of 215 PS. That’s a step above the HR-V’s 131 PS.
As a refresher, the Civic is presently powered solely by a 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine that produces 182 PS and 240 Nm, so the hybrid mannequin will be the undisputed range-topper. It can even probably be priced as such, given Honda Malaysia’s latest kind with the City RS e:HEV, priced at over RM100,000 – though it ought to no less than have the gear to match.
If the Civic e:HEV actually will be launched in the Land of Smiles soon, anticipate it to arrive in Malaysia someday in the second half of the yr.
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