Honda has just launched the Honda Civic e:HEV for the European market (23/3). The launch of the Honda Civic e:HEV coincides with the announcement of the expansion of Honda's electrification products in Europe in 2023.
In addition to the Civic e:HEV, Honda is preparing three electric cars for the European market, namely the Small SUV, the new Medium SUV hybrid, and the latest Honda CR-V.
The first interesting thing about the European version of the Honda Civic e:HEV is its body. The European version of the Civic e:HEV has a hatchback or liftback body.
So in appearance, the European version of the Civic e:HEV has many similarities to the Civic Hatchback which has been launched in the United States.
For example, it gets a honeycomb grille, C-patterned taillights, and wheels that seem sportier than the regular Civic.
But in terms of driving, the Civic e:HEV has a hybrid drive with a 2,000cc Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 2,000 cc. The engine is combined with two electric motors and a 72 cell Lithium-ion battery.
Honda says that the Civic e:HEV electric motor and engine combination can produce 135 kW or 184 hp and 315 Nm of torque.
In addition to being powerful, Honda's hybrid system also offers several driving modes including EV Mode.
Under certain conditions, the two electric motors driving the Civic e:HEV will turn the wheels independently like an electric car.
When the driver wants to accelerate or is cruising, the e:HEV system can switch to Hybrid or Engine Drive mode automatically.
Of course, the driver can still adjust the performance of e:HEV by selecting driving modes such as Eco, Normal, Sport, and Individual.