The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid made its debut today at the 2011 New York Auto Show and as expected, it will be the most fuel-efficient model in the Civic lineup. The 2012 Civic Hybrid is powered by the newest-generation Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system and this means we will find a 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine mated to a more powerful electric motor and to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
A Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery pack stores the electricity for the electric motor, which delivers 23 hp.
The new Lithium-Ion battery is more powerful, lighter and more compact than the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery it replaces. The total output delivered by the car is 110 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque at 1000-3500 rpm. The new Civic Hybrid has the same amount of power as the previous model, but achieves it at 500 fewer rpm.
Moreover, the new car is capable to deactivate the gasoline engine when breaking and the electric motor acts as generator to replenish the Li-Ion battery pack. Regarding the fuel consumption, the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid delivers a combined city/highway EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 44 mpg - an increase of 3 mpg from the previous model.
The new MY2012 Civic Hybrid presents a new interpretation of the "one-motion" mono-form shape of the current Civic. The new Civic Hybrid features a sleekly raked windshield and wide stance, as well as exclusive styling. For instance, the front of the Civic Hybrid dons a distinct hybrid grille design with blue accents. For better distinction, blue bulb covers can be found within the sleek headlight assemblies.
Likewise, the vehicle comes with special five-spoke alloy wheels, a decklid spoiler and LED brake lights – all helping differentiate the Civic Hybrid from other Civic models. The cabin of the new Civic Hybrid offers a seemingly different environment than the previous-generation Civic's highly functional two-tier instrument layout. Drivers now have better view of the most frequently referenced information as the vehicle’s Multi-Information Display (i-MID) is now placed up high and close to their line of sight and can present audio system information like album artwork.
The i-MID also allows the setting up of personal wallpapers on the screen. The Civic Hybrid's i-MID also features a driver-feedback Eco Guide screen that monitors driving style, thereby displaying how one’s driving affects fuel efficiency.
Along with the blue/green Eco Assist indicators placed at the sides of the digital speedometer, the i-MiD helps drivers become more aware of their driving styles and to develop one that is more fuel efficient. The Civic Hybrid's i-MID also features an exclusive hybrid power-flow meter display.
The cabin of the Civic Hybrid features exclusive seat fabric and distinct door panel covers for a unique appearance and feel. Customers can still expect to find high-quality materials inside the cabin, just like in all Civics. Customers could also opt for leather-trimmed models that feature a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift lever. The Civic Hybrid has an automatic climate control system as standard.
The vehicle’s hybrid-style air conditioning compressor can still operate using electric power even when the engine is in idle-stop mode. Available as standard on the vehicle is a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers while models equipped with the navigation system include XM Radio.
Customers can avail of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System 2 with voice recognition, which comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen that can be accessed by the driver and passenger. Drivers also benefit from the navigation screen as well as the i-MID display turn-by-turn direction information.
The system features a 16 GB flash memory database for quicker response time as well as FM traffic, a no-charge service that presents freeway traffic information and incident data on the map display in certain metropolitan areas.