The new 2012 Honda Civic hybrid will come equipped with a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine and for the first time will utilize lithium-ion batteries. The new hybrid is expected to return at least 45 miles per gallon highway while the HF variant should exceed the 40 mile per gallon plus mark that keeps getting touted amongst the Civic’s competition like the Hyundai Elantra and Cruze ECO.
The 2012 Honda Civic is connected to a lighter, larger and more powerful electric motor that provides up to 23 horsepower. Total combined horsepower for the gasoline engine and electric motor is 110 at 5500 rpm and torque is rated at 127 lb-ft. at 1000-3500 rpm.
During acceleration, the engine or the engine and electric motor together propel the vehicle. During cruising, the gasoline engine and/or the electric motor can propel the vehicle. During braking, the gasoline engine deactivates and the electric motor acts as a generator to replenish the battery pack. At a stop, the engine can shut off to save fuel and reduce emissions. The engine restarts the moment the brake pedal is released.
Honda also finally unveiled photos of the new Civic’s interior and while it keeps the same two-tiered dashboard theme, the layout and plastics make it look more modern and upscale. Feature content is rumored to have been improved and no doubt fit and finish will be up to the usual Honda standards.