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Spied on the Street! 2012 Civic Hybrid!
 Date: February 03, 2011 13:28
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: Brenda Priddy & Company
 Credibility Rating: Not Specified


Brenda sent these to us in the middle of the night but I had a busy morning today so I'm just now able to get them posted.

Honda Civic Hybrid SPIED Inside & Out!

During the Detroit Auto Show, Honda showed off a Civic sedan and Civic Coupe Si Coupe concept. We've just spied another variant Honda wasn't talking about -- the Hybrid sedan. And this time, almost all the heavy camo has been removed!

The wheels and tires give away this sedan's true identity. The same Bridgestone Insignia SE200-02 low rolling resistance tire found on the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid are also found on this prototype. It's also hard to miss that this Civic's testing partners consist of a Toyota Prius and a Honda Insight.

Originally, the 9th gen Civic was set to debut in the Summer of 2010 as a 2011 model, but once CAFE regulations changed and the auto industry hit hard times in 2009, Honda had to rethink things. Rumors stated Honda originally wanted to make the Civic larger, but as you can see from the photos, the overall size of the 2012 Civic will remain largely unchanged.

While the camouflage is pretty heavy, we can see peeks at a new grille and headlights. The front end looks more upright overall as well. The doors also have some fresh character lines.

The current Civic hybrid has a 1.3L i-VTEC 4-cylinder, mated to electric motors. We've heard that the Civic may move to the 1.5L-based hybrid powertrain setup also found in the CR-Z. This new Civic Hybrid may also be the first car in the lineup to receive the rumored, next-generation lithium ion batteries Honda has been working on.

Photo Credit: Brian Williams/Brenda Priddy & Company




Last edited by JeffX on February 03, 2011 13:36

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