Published on October 13th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
Honda Civic 2.0L e:HEV RS Variant Now In Malaysia
The latest Civic debuts the 2.0L version of the e:HEV powertrain in Malaysia.
The 11th generation Honda Civic has been quite a hit in Malaysia thanks to the standardised 1.5L turbo engine, matured looks and an RS flagship variant. Over 6,000 units have been sold in just 9 months. Now, Honda Malaysia are expanding the Civic lineup to include a new hybrid model as the flagship with the Civic e:HEV RS.
The Civic e:HEV RS offers 184PS and 315Nm of torque, which is the highest for any Civic model sold in Malaysia, save the Type R. Just like the City e:HEV models and the HR-V e:HEV, the Civic e:HEV system uses the best of electric and petrol power. In most circumstances, the petrol engine is used as a generator to charge up the battery. However, when cruising, the e-CVT can take power directly from the engine for a low-consumption drive, while giving the batteries a break. Both electric and petrol power can also be simultaneously channelled when maximum acceleration is called for.
The reason why the Civic e:HEV RS has a much higher torque and horsepower rating than the previous e:HEV models brought in by Honda Malaysia is because the Civic is the first here to use a 2.0L petrol engine. This, along with a more powerful traction motor, gives it much better performance.
Besides the new powertrain, this e:HEV model also comes with a few extra goodies. This version of the Civic will come with a Blue H Mark to distinguish it as a hybrid vehicle. What’s more, the grille will get a stylish chrome accent. A new 18″ dual-tone alloy wheel has also been included – the 1.5L Turbo RS model comes with 18″ black-painted wheels. Another new addition is the Key Card, which allows keyless entry and start functions in a compact and convenient package. This Key Card is a first in segment, and will allow users to access and start their vehicle with a key that fits nicely in a wallet or on a lanyard.
Other returning features include Wireless Apple CarPlay on a 9″ Advanced Display Audio screen, Remote Engine Start, and the full Honda Sensing suite, which includes:
- Lead Car Departure Notification System (LCDN)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Low Speed Follow (LSF)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Auto High Beam (AHB)
Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hironobu Yoshimura said, “The 11th Generation Civic which was launched early this year has been very well received by Malaysians, having sold more than 6,000 units from January to September 2022. To further strengthen Civic’s presence in the market, we are excited to introduce this new variant and for the first time being offered in a 2.0L e:HEV powertrain. In line with the Civic DNA, this e:HEV RS promises an exhilarating drive with elegant styling. We also believe that with the introduction of this exciting variant; it will further elevate the C Segment and excite our customers.”
No price for the new Honda Civic 2.0L e:HEV RS has been announced, but order books are now open at all authorised dealerships. Alternatively, head to prebook.honda.com.my or download the HondaTouch application to pre-book your vehicle from home. You may also call the toll-free number 1-800-88-2020 or log on to www.honda.com.my for more information.