Honda falls on its face and brings the new Civic

yesHonda has sold cars under the Civic name for 50 years. Once starting out as a small car, the Civic has long since 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 from now on only be sold in a single variant as a hybrid model. Much of the vehicle is new, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, for example, and so is the bodywork, which for once doesn’t grow upwards, but instead flattens out. The roof is two inches lower, the hood is moved down a bit, the A-pillar is moved two inches back. Honda says the new Civic is the lowest car in the C-segment. But rear headroom doesn’t suffer.

We can confirm the latter after a seat test on the occasion of the first static presentation of the newcomer. Still, the Civic’s exterior has gained, like the flat strip of lights up front with nine LED lights in a row, and the taillights, which are now horizontal, look good. According to Honda, the new engine has an efficiency of 41 percent, which is exceptional for a gasoline engine. Worked together with an electric motor, the duo offers 184 PS (135 kW) and a maximum torque of 315 Nm. The engine can also drive the front wheels on its own, but it normally acts as a generator and produces the electricity for the electric motor. There is no gear in the real sense, just a fixed ratio. The system is known from the Honda Jazz, it was revised for the Civic. According to Honda, the Civic is 90 percent pure electric in the city. A small traction battery is located under the rear seat.

European Civics are built at the Yorii plant near Tokyo. Combustion models still exist in their country of origin. In Germany, all Hondas will be electrified from September.


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