Honda unveiled the Civic e:HEV hatchback on March 23. We have all the information for you. The hatchback version of the latest Honda Civic has been unveiled, complete with an all-new hybrid engine. Read on for all the details.
- Honda Civic hatchback unveiled
- Sharp but simple styling
- Revised interior
- New infotainment system
- New hybrid engine option
- Will be in stores in the fall
After the sedan presented at the beginning of the year, the hatchback version of the Honda Civic was also presented. Details about the hatchback are still fairly limited at the moment, but what is already known is that this key Ford Focus alternative will come standard with a hybrid engine.
Honda has also confirmed details on this new car’s hybrid engine options, interior trim, and advanced safety features. Read on to find out all the details about this upcoming alternative to the Ford Focus, Opel Astra, and Volkswagen Golf.
As expected, as a hatchback, the Civic inherits many of the styling cues of the sedan. It has an almost identical, boxy face with thin, rectangular headlights flanking a lattice grille.
The side profile is broadly similar, although the five-door bodywork results in a significantly more sloping roofline. You certainly won’t confuse it with a traditional hatchback like a Ford Focus or a Volkswagen Golf.
The changes at the rear are a little more drastic. The new car has completely different brake lights connected by a light bar that spans the entire width of the trunk lid. There’s also a new rear bumper with a set of (probably fake) chrome exhaust tips.
Honda Civic e:HEV: Interior
The interior of the new Honda Civic also looks very different from that of the old car. The infotainment system has been moved to the top edge of the dashboard instead of being centrally located like the old vehicle. There’s also now a new honeycomb panel that runs right through the center of the dash, covering the vehicle’s air vents.
The new infotainment system is 7-inches as standard and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For an additional cost, you can get a 9-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone mirroring – handy if you hate seeing messy wires tucked around your car… There’s a new 10.25-inch digital driver display and a new steering wheel design that feels less clunky than the old car.
Honda Civic e:HEV: engines
The new Honda Civic is also offered as a hybrid. A 2.0-liter petrol engine is used, which together with two electric motors produces an impressive output of 184 hp.
Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT transmission, which works similarly to an automatic but only has a single “speed”. Depending on the driving style, the speed can be optimized for efficiency or performance. As with the old Civic, there will also be a powerful Type R version later.
Honda Civic e:HEV: prices and launch
The price of the Honda Civic hatchback is not yet known, but it can be expected to be slightly higher than the current vehicle’s price of just under 21,500 euros to compensate for the new hybrid engine. Sales are slated to begin in the fall, so it shouldn’t be too long before you can put yourselves on hold for a new hybrid Honda Civic.