Honda is now putting the finishing touches on the 2012 Civic Hybrid. The Japanese automaker is remaking its entire Civic lineup, but prioritizing the hybrid model. They are betting so much on the hybrid, that it looks to be going on sale in late 2011, even before the standard version is released.
Honda's next Civic will be restyled and based on the current model, with a rounder overall profile. Sources say no huge changes will affect the design, size or market positioning. For US audiences there will be a sedan and Si coupe body. Americans will be able to have their first in person look at the new vehicles at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show in January.
Honda will once again be implementing a home-grown IMA hybrid system, found in the CR-Z, Insight and current Civic Hybrid. Next year, the Civic Hybrid will move up from 1.3 liters to1.5 liters, and will be the first Honda hybrid to get lithium-ion batteries. This should significantly improve the car's EV drive range.
One of the weaknesses of Civic's current Hybrid, with the NI-MH battery pack, is the fact that it can hardly run significant distances in silent, electric-only mode. The new version will have a more powerful battery pack and cut down on noise and emissions.
Check out all the Civic models now at your local Honda dealer.