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Changes in the exterior design are spotty: the most noticeable thing is the new design of the radiator grille – instead of horizontal slats, there are now honeycombs, and the grille itself has slightly increased in size. The fog light units look different, and the shape of the lower grille in the front bumper has also changed. Overall, the Civic has a sportier look due to its angular shape. The main innovation is the appearance of the e:HEV hybrid system with an internal combustion engine and two electric motors.

The e:HEV system includes a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery and a fixed-ratio transmission. The hybrid has three operating modes (ICE, electric and mixed), and the total output of the units in the specification for the US market is 203 horsepower, which is 19 horsepower more than that of the European Civic.

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Inside, the updated American Civic has one curious difference from the European version: the hybrid modification retains the usual transmission lever, while the Civic for Europe has a remote control with buttons.

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The hybrid modification replaced the Civic with a 1.5-liter turbo engine (182 hp, 240 Nm) and a CVT. At the same time, in addition to the gas-electric version, the range includes the previous versions – a 1.5 turbo engine and a “mechanical” one for the “charged” Civic Si and a basic 160-horsepower naturally aspirated 2.0 engine with a continuously variable transmission.

The start of sales is scheduled for June. Prices have not yet been announced, however, according to preliminary estimates, the hybrid Honda Civic is unlikely to cost more than 30 thousand dollars in the United States (2.7 million rubles at today’s exchange rate). In the meantime, prices for the pre-restyling model start at 24 thousand dollars (2.1 million rubles).

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