Honda Civic hybrid revealed for Europe, no word on US version

With the final technology of Honda Civic, Honda dropped the hybrid variant within the US in favor of reviving the Perception. And that Perception was largely a restyled Civic sedan with solely a hybrid engine. For the brand new, eleventh technology Civic, Honda has as soon as once more added a hybrid to the nameplate, not less than in Europe. And it raises lots of questions on Honda’s entry-level hybrid plans for the US

Its official identify is the Honda Civic e:HEV, and it is principally the identical as a daily Civic hatchback in and out. The distinction is underneath the hood the place it includes a acquainted 2.0-liter hybrid four-cylinder engine with Honda’s dual-motor electrical CVT system. Similar to its implementation within the CR-V Hybrid and Accord Hybrid, the Civic e:HEV makes 181 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, or, as Honda likes to place it, 212 mixed system horsepower. Honda says it is concentrating on 47 mpg within the European WLTP take a look at. That appears fairly possible, for the reason that larger Accord Hybrid can obtain that very same quantity on EPA testing.

The truth that this hybrid Civic makes use of each a platform and a powertrain which can be obtainable individually within the US has us pondering there is a good probability it might be made obtainable, right here. Nevertheless, when requested to remark, a Honda consultant merely mentioned the corporate hasn’t made any bulletins concerning the Civic e:HEV for America. So perhaps it is going to, perhaps it will not.

The Civic e:HEV additionally raises questions in regards to the Perception. Will Honda select to replace the Perception on the brand new Civic platform with this new powertrain, or will it drop the Perception in favor of the Civic? Regardless, it might appear this new platform and powertrain mixture would supercede the present Perception, which has a smaller 1.5-liter hybrid four-cylinder making a mixed 151 horsepower. We additionally requested the Honda consultant about what this might imply for Perception, and she or he mentioned, “Perception does properly for us in that section right here within the US”

We seemed on the numbers, and Honda offered 19,431 Insights final yr. Excluding the discontinued and soon-to-be discontinued fashions of the Match, CR-Z and Readability, the Perception was the lowest-selling automobile for Honda. It additionally got here up wanting the 59,010 Toyota Prius models moved final yr. The Civic, in the meantime, remained Honda’s second-best promoting mannequin after the CR-V with greater than 260,000 models offered. That does not assure a Civic Hybrid particularly would promote extra, however we may see Honda simplifying its lineup and manufacturing by dropping the Perception for a Civic model.

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