The next-generation Honda Civic Type R will get a hybrid powertrain as part of the car maker’s accelerated electrification plans announced today.
The next Civic Type R hot hatch, due from 2021, is likely to adopt a similar set-up to the NSX supercar’s hybrid system, given its tried-and-tested formula for performance, rather than use a fully electric powertrain.
The NSX’s hybrid powertrain combines a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with three electric motors for a combined total of 573bhp. Given the Type R doesn’t need the power of the NSX, the hatch could use a 2.0-litre petrol combined with electric motors to undercut the current generation’s 0-62mph sprint of 5.8sec.
The move is part of an electrification strategy, announced at the Geneva motor show, in which Honda said it wants to make its European sales completely electrified by 2025.
Two years ago, it revealed it planned to make two-thirds of its sales electrified by 2025, but this has now been superseded by more ambitious intentions to electrify the whole range.
Tom Gardner, Honda Europe boss, said: “Since we made that first pledge in March 2017, the shift towards electrification has gathered pace considerably. Environmental challenges continue to drive demand for cleaner mobility. Technology marches on unrelenting and people are starting to shift their view of the car itself.”
Dave Hodgetts, Honda UK boss, told Autocar that the decision was likely aided by the current success of the recently launched hybrid CR-V. In the UK, it accounts for 60% of overall sales of the compact SUV. Previously, diesel, which is no longer offered, made up two-thirds of CR-V sales.