World Premiere of Honda Civic Hybrid held in Thailand

Honda has staged the world premiere of its all-new 11th-generation Civic e:HEV hybrid model at the ongoing 43rd Bangkok International Motor Show at Challenger Hall Muangthongthani.

Honda says it will be officially launched in Thailand in June this year, with prices of no higher than Bt1.15 million for the EL+ trim and Bt1.27 million for the top RS trim. Pre-orders are already being accepted with customers who sign up before May 31 receiving a special 2-year/40,000km warranty extension worth Bt19,500 on top of the 3-year/100,000km original warranty.

The Civic e:HEV comes with a hybrid system based on a direct-injection 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine and two electric motors plus an E-CVT, along with added features when compared to the non-hybrid 11th-gen Civic variants launched last year.

Honda did not release the output figures for the hybrid powertrain, which appears similar to the one offered in the Accord e:HEV which pumps out 215hp.

There’s also a drive mode switch for economy, normal and sport, while the e:HEV drive system automatically switches between EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive depending on the driving situation.

Being a hybrid model, the Civic e:HEV EL+ comes with an H Mark with a blue frame and an e:HEV emblem on the rear, as well as new front grille and sport-design front bumper, color-matching door handles with chrome accents, LED headlights and daytime running lights, LED fog lights, LED taillights, shark fin antenna and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The RS version gets chrome front grille, RS emblem, black mirror caps, door handles and shark fun antenna, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The interior also gets sporty suede/PVC upholstery with red stitching and sport pedals.

The RS also gets a 10.2-inch TFT multi-information display (9-inch for EL+) and 9-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, wireless phone charger and Honda CONNECT.

Some features that were missing in the regular Civic has been offered in the hybrid version. They included 60-40 foldable rear seat backrests and air vents for rear passengers.

Utilizing a wide-angle camera to help detect vehicles and pedestrians, the Honda SENSING intelligent safety system features the following functions.

•             Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) designed to alert the driver when the potential for a collision is determined (such as a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian in front) as well as assisting to reduce speed, avoid collisions, and reduce collision severity.

•             Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC with LSF)

•             Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

•             Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW)

•             Auto High-Beam (AHB)

•             Lead Car Departure Notification System (LCDN)

Other helpful features include: Honda LaneWatch, Driver Attention Monitor, Multi-angle Rearview Camera, Electric Parking Brake, Auto Brake Hold and Walk Away Auto Lock.

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