The Japanese brand is taking steps to fulfill its commitment to electrify its entire European range, and now it is the turn of its most traditional model, the Civic, which changes cycle and is completely renewed.
Aesthetically, the new Civic maintains the five-door body and presents a more elegant and softened design, with fewer angles and a larger glass surface, while the sporty touch is provided by the pronounced fall of the roof at the rear. The tailgate also stands out , which has reduced its weight by no less than 20 kg thanks to the use of resin for its manufacture and is now lighter and more manageable.
Inside, thanks to a wheelbase that has grown by 35mm, the cabin is more spacious. The driving position has been stripped of elements, and the dashboard has straight lines that give a greater sense of width. Also noteworthy are the air conditioning air vents “hidden” under a metal strip type “honeycomb”.
As is logical, the new Civic is also committed to digitization and incorporates a digital screen of up to 10 inches for the instrument panel and another 9, in a higher position, for the infotainment system , which is also wirelessly compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The hybrid system that drives the eleventh generation Civic is new, and is made up of a 2-liter gasoline engine, two electric motors and a 72-cell lithium-ion battery. In total, the system offers a power of 184 horses, with a high torque of 315 Nm.
In this case , it is the two electric motors that provide the main driving force to the assembly, and the thermal engine is responsible for generating energy, which is controlled by an intelligent power unit that works automatically. In this way, the available driving modes, Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual, determine the performance of the system and the transmission.
According to Honda, with the new hybrid mechanics the Civic is capable of achieving consumption below 5 liters per 100 km and CO2 emissions below 110 grams per kilometer, figures that are, of course, very promising.
On the other hand, with the ambitious goal of zero fatalities in accidents in Honda models by 2050, the brand continues to expand and improve advanced safety features and Honda Sensing driving assistance . Thus, the Civic receives a new 100-degree panoramic view front camera and optimized recognition technology to identify pedestrians, cars, motorcycles or bicycles and the limits of the road, which is joined by eight sonar sensors. All this improves the existing impact prevention or mitigation systems and serves to make the existing ones more efficient, in the case of the blind spot information system, the cross-traffic supervision system and the traffic jam assistant.
New releases for 2023
In the nearest horizon of Honda there are also new releases, all of them, of course, electrified. Thus, in 2023 the new generation of the CR-V will see the light, which will have a hybrid engine and another plug-in hybrid; a one hundred percent electric urban SUV, currently known by the prototype name, e:Ny1, and a hybrid SUV for the C segment.
In the medium term, Honda remains firm in its strategy to increase the proportion of sales of electric and fuel cell vehicle (FCV) units to 40% by 2030, and 80% by 2035. The company will stop selling cars with internal combustion engine in 2040.