Honda launches Civic e:HEV LX; opens order books on Type R

Honda Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the new Civic e:HEV LX, which will introduce hybrid power to the Civic range. At the same time, the Japanese car maker has revealed orders will open on 1 December for the performance focused Type R.

The e: HEV LX will deliver refined, exhilarating performance, along with the latest new technology features and even more standard equipment. It joins the 1.5-litre VTEC turbo VTi LX.

As the latest mainstream Honda model to be electrified, following the HR-V and Accord, the new Civic e:HEV LX will also signify the introduction of Honda Connect, a mobile app and server platform that allows customers to access vehicle information.

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Priced at $55,000 drive away and available in Platinum White pearlescent, Premium Crystal Red metallic and Premium Crystal Blue metallic, the new Civic e:HEV LX is powered by a power-dense lithium-ion battery and two compact, powerful electric motors.

These are paired with a 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle direct-injection petrol engine for 135kW of power and 315Nm of torque, the highest outputs ever offered on a Civic, with the exception of Type R.

This advanced powertrain is capable of shifting seamlessly between Electric drive, Hybrid drive and Engine drive to ensure optimum performance in both urban and highway driving. Four drive modes – Eco, Normal, Sport and a new Individual mode, also feature.

Central to the e:HEV system is the fixed-gear transmission (eCVT), which has been designed to minimise mechanical friction and is controlled by an intelligent power control unit that optimises the vehicle to each driving situation.

Offered with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, 5-years of Honda Connect, and 5-years of roadside assistance, the new Civic e:HEV LX also features Honda’s latest generation SENSING suite of advanced driver-assist and safety technologies.

These include traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed limiter and 11 airbags. You’ll also find a customisable 10.2-inch high-definition full colour digital driver information display, leather-appointed interior, and a panoramic glass sunroof.

A heated steering wheel, 8-way driver and 4-way passenger power-adjustable and heated front seats, and front and rear USB ports. The 2023 Honda Civic e:HEV LX will officially go on sale around Australia on 1 December 2022.

2023 Honda Civic Type R
2023 Honda Civic Type R

On that same day, fans of the iconic Type R can put down their hard earned cash for newest version of the hot hatch, this time round offered at $72,600 drive away. Building on 25 years of history, it boasts a clean, modern design, and the latest technology.

With the premium positioning of the new generation Civic family already established by the VTi LX, the Civic Type R has been similarly equipped to compete with rivals at the top of the hot hatch segment.

Powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre VTEC turbo engine now offering an increased 235kW of power and 420Nm of torque, the Type R features four driving modes (Comfort, Sport +R and Individual), and an active exhaust valve.

Riding on wider 265/30 size Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, it will be available in historic Championship White, as revered by Type R enthusiasts, along with Rally Red, Crystal Black and Sonic Grey.

With a new vented aluminium bonnet, larger grille opening, bigger radiator and a new large-diameter fan for improved engine cooling, the new model ensures sustained, optimal performance during extreme driving.

The smooth and precise six-speed manual transmission is further improved for an even more intimate and rewarding connection with the driver too, thanks to a lighter flywheel and a revised rev-match system.

The gearbox has also gained a high-rigidity lever and optimised shift gate pattern for a reassured and hyper-precise gear change. A significantly more rigid body structure and extended wheelbase also feature, along with wider front and rear tracks.

Together with a retuned dual-axis strut front and multilink rear suspension, these changes improve straight-line stability and steering feel. For exceptional braking performance, the Type R is equipped with two-piece front brake rotors and improved brake cooling.

Other highlights include a customisable 10.2-inch high-definition full colour digital driver information display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, intelligent speed limiter, driver attention  monitor and a host of airbags.

A 9.0-inch infotainment system offers in-build Honda LogR, the new Honda Connect platform, and satellite navigation, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and a wireless phone charger.

On the outside, the dramatic new rear spoiler design further contributes to downforce generation and has been angled rearward to suppress air resistance. Supported by new aluminium die-cast mounts, the rear wing sits lower but wider than the previous model.

The driver too sits lower than before in new, lighter, body-stabilising sport seats, yet with greater visibility courtesy of the thinner pillars, relocated side mirror and a lower bonnet that are key design features of the 11th-generation Civic.

Prior to 1 December, you can pre-register your interest for the new Civic Type R online. For more information, visit your local Honda dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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