Although not a pioneer in hybrid technology, Honda is still regarded as one of the best hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) makers in the world.
The company recently debuted Civic e:HEV in Thailand and has made some bold claims regarding its fuel economy.
Civic e:HEV is offered in two variants — EL+ and RS. Both variants have a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine that — combined with a dual-motor hybrid system — makes 182 horsepower (hp) and 315 Newton-meters (Nm) of torque.
This makes the Civic RS e:HEV more powerful than the turbocharged Civic RS, which has a power and torque deficit of 2 hp and 75 Nm respectively.
Both variants will include standard features such as vehicle stability control traction control, electronic parking brake, backup camera, parking sensors, and the latest iteration of Honda Sensing, among other amenities.
RS variant will likely have some cosmetic upgrades over EL+ such as a lip spoiler, blacked-out grille, different alloy wheel design, etc.
Honda’s new dual-motor i-MMD hybrid system gives the Civic e: HEV great fuel efficiency. Honda Thailand claims that it manages a fuel economy of 4.0-litre/100 km (25 km/liter).
This implies that — on paper — the car can go on a 1,000-km cross-country trip on a single tank of fuel. It also bears mentioning that Civic’s e:HEV fuel tank holds 40 liters while non-hybrid variants carry 47 liters of fuel.
Civic e:HEV’s price starts from THB 1,129,000 (Rs. 6.77 million) and tops out at THB 1,259,000 (Rs. 7.5 million). Although it has a massive price tag, Civic e:HEV offers great value in terms of frugality, comfort, and performance.