Honda’s plan to electrify its lineup by 2022 will not extend to the upcoming Civic Type R, which will retain a high-output turbo gasoline engine, Autocar has learned.
At the end of 2019, Honda laid out its plan to offer hybrid or fully electric variants of each mainstream model from 2025 to 2022 due to the “pace of regulatory, market and consumer behavior change in Europe,” said the senior vice president of Honda Europe. , Tom Gardner.
But that plan will exclude the next Type R version of the 11th-generation Civic, which, when it arrives in 2022, will be one of the last pure gas-powered Honda on sale.
A “high-performance” Type R will return once again, Honda confirmed when unveiling the next Civic as a US-focused prototype sedan. The standard car will launch worldwide in the spring, with deliveries to the UK expected before the end of this year. The Type R will arrive a few months later.
With the hatchback body much more popular than the sedan in Western Europe, the Type R is expected to be based on the five-door again. The extravagant design of the current car will evolve but it is unlikely to be too toned down – and Honda could offer a more subtly styled, wingless Sport Line variant like with the current model. Spy photos of the next-gen Type R support this idea while revealing what appears to be a longer wheelbase than today’s car to increase passenger space.
Honda promises a “spectacular interior makeover” for the Mk11 Civic. Expect perceived quality improvements and a more mature look and feel, as well as a significantly revamped infotainment, as Honda bosses previously admitted at Autocar that the company is currently behind other companies. with such technology.
The usual racy addenda, such as sport seats, red details and the signature aluminum gear knob, will mark the Type R version.
The powertrain is expected to be as scalable as the exterior of the model. A version of the popular 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo four-cylinder “K20C1” of the current car is designed to power the Volkswagen Golf rival GTI Clubsport, but with a number of upgrades to improve to both performance and efficiency.
Given that today’s Civic Type R is already approaching the limits of what’s possible with a front-wheel drive car, outright power output might not be much higher than the current 316. hp, but we could see improvements in turbocharger response and engine torque delivery.