ssold for 50 years Honda Cars under the name Civic. Once starting out as a small car, the Civic has long become a sedan in the lower middle class. The eleventh generation will make its debut in September, and in Germany the four-door hatchback sedan will be sold as a hybrid model in only one variant from now on. Most of the vehicle is new, for example, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, as well as the bodywork, which for once doesn’t move uphill but gets flatter. The roof is down by five centimeters, the bonnet goes down slightly, the A-pillar moves back five centimeters. Honda says that the new Civic is the lowest priced car in the Si segment. But the headroom at the rear doesn’t suffer.
We can confirm the latter after seat testing on the occasion of the newcomer’s first stable presentation. Anyway, the exterior of the Civic has won out as the flat strip of front lights with nine LED lamps in a row, and the rear lights, which are now horizontal, look good. According to Honda, the efficiency of the new engine is 41 percent, which is exceptional for a petrol engine. Worked in tandem with an electric motor, the pair produces 184 hp (135 kW) and a maximum torque of 315 Nm. The engine alone can also drive the front wheels, but it usually acts as a generator and generates power for the electric motor. There is no gearbox in the real sense, only a fixed ratio. The system is known from the Honda Jazz, it was modified for the Civic. According to Honda, the Civic is 90 percent purely electric in the city. A small traction battery sits under the back seat.
The European Civic is made at the Yori plant near Tokyo. There are still combustion models in their home country. All Hondas will be electrified in Germany from September.
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