Hybrid variant is open to pre-order, is this the first Civic RM160k?

Hybrid variant is open to pre-order, is this the first Civic RM160k?

Honda Malaysia has announced the start of taking orders for the Civic e:HEV RS, the hybrid version of the latest tenth generation Civic. After an 8-year hiatus, the C-segment sedan finally has an electrified version again, with more power and a higher standard set than petrol models, but also at the expected price point.

Honda Civic e:HEV RS Malaysia Price and Availability

Customers can order e:HEV models at all authorized Honda dealers starting today, October 13. For the first time, Honda Malaysia is also accepting online orders through a special website and HondaTouch app, the latter of which is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Data from Wapcar Automotive News, pricing has yet to be announced, but the company says the car will be at the top of the local Civic lineup. For now, the range is completed by the petrol RS variant, which costs RM150,700 without insurance, and we can expect the hybrid model to be a bit more expensive.

Honda Malaysia sold an e:HEV model — HR-V e:HEV RS, costs RM6,000 more than the HR-V 1.5 Turbo V at RM140,700. Since the Civic e: HEV RS is not only more powerful than the HR-V, but it also offers a more premium kit than the petrol RS, making it the first Civic to hit the RM160,000 mark.

Now, the sharp-eyed among you can tell that this won’t be the most expensive non-Type R Civic on sale here, as the eighth-generation Civic Hybrid was once priced at the equivalent of RM185,500 . However, this variant was only offered for sale for a very short time after the government eliminated tax incentives for imported hybrid cars in 2014 – the previous car was priced at RM119,980.

Honda Civic e:HEV Specs

At the center of e:HEV powertrain is based on an electric motor driving the front wheels. In this application it is much more powerful than the HR-V, producing 181bhp and 315Nm of peak torque. This is two hp and 75 Nm more than the Civic’s 1.5 liter VTEC Turbo petrol engine, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. The motor is powered by a new 72-cell battery, which forms the basis of a lighter and more compact Intelligent Power Supply (IPU).

Charge IPU is a 4-cylinder i-VTEC 2.0-liter gasoline engine with direct injection, for a capacity of 141 horsepower and 189 Nm of torque. The factory not only acts as a generator, but can also steer the vehicle directly at higher speeds using a single-speed transmission and locking the clutch. Lower engine output means a slightly lower top speed than the turbocharged petrol models, at 179 km/h.

The main benefit, of course, is fuel consumption – Honda claims an aggregate figure of 25 km/litre. Compared with the petrol model, there is a fuel consumption of 17.2 km per liter.

While e:HEV variant looks a lot like the petrol-powered Civic, it received some exterior tweaks. In addition to the prominent e:car gets HEV badging at the rear, which also features blue accents on the Honda badging front and rear, as well as a chrome strip on the front grille. It also rolls new two-tone alloy wheels with black Y-spokes, although they retain the 18-inch diameter of the petrol Civic RS. Chrome-plated headlight accents, chrome window strips and single (instead of dual) exhaust pipes complete the look.

So far, Honda Malaysia has not provided interior images, but the company has confirmed that HEV will receive a buttonless smart key card that you can easily slip into your pocket. That means if you want to use the remote engine start feature, which continues to be offered on the hybrid model, you’ll probably need to use a traditional key fob.

This feature is already offered on the Thai model, and since the car is positioned as the top-spec variant in Malaysia, it will likely include a few extra bits from our northern neighbours, including includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and a Qi wireless charger. These elements are very lacking on the Civic petrol in Malaysia.

Elsewhere, e:HEV comes with the same nine-inch infotainment touchscreen as other Civic models, with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto connectivity. It also has the full suite of Honda Sensing driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane center assist, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and a spot camera. blind LaneWatch.

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