It joins the electrified hatchback launched this week in Europe.
While aficionados await the Type R with bated breath, Honda is presently catering to those who value efficiency above performance. It debuted the Civic Hatchback e:HEV in Europe earlier this week, and it’s now introducing the Civic Sedan in Thailand. The electrified saloon, shown here in the sporty-looking RS variant, is powered by the same hybrid system as its Euro hatchback cousin.
A newly built 2.0-liter gasoline engine powers the Civic Sedan e:HEV. The Atkinson cycle is used by the four-pot mill, which is powered by two electric motors. The hybrid powertrain produces 181 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and torque of 315 Newton-meters (232 pound-feet). Considering the spicier Civic Si has only 19 horsepower (14 kW) more and a torque deficit of 55 Nm, those are respectable numbers (40.5 lb-ft).
Of course, with its two e-motors and a 72-cell lithium-ion battery pack, the e:HEV is heavier than the Si. The combustion engine has a thermal efficiency of 41%, which is one of the highest among road-legal production automobiles, according to Honda. It is, however, significantly less sporty with an e-CVT than the Civic Si, which has a six-speed manual transmission.
Because it’s a true hybrid, it has a limited electric range for added efficiency. The black sedan with 18-inch wheels and chrome-trimmed door handles is now on exhibit at the 2022 Bangkok Auto Show in Thailand. handles. It also gets flashy red “RS” badging as well as contrasting stitching in the same hue for the seats wrapped in synthetic leather.
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The Civic Sedan e:HEV will go on sale in Thailand in June, with a starting price of 1,150,000 Thai Baht for the base EL+ trim level. At today’s exchange rates, that equates to around $34,300. To upgrade to the RS seen here, you’ll need to pay 1.27 million THB ($37,800).
The Type R will likely be the most exciting addition to the Civic lineup. It will debut later this year as a hatchback with a manual transmission and a gasoline-only engine.