In an endless pursuit of improvement, Honda remains undecided over the fate of the powertrain for the next generation of Civic Hybrids. Though the model currently has a new and vastly improved single-motor engine, the Japanese automaker is considering a less costly double-motor engine – similar to what you’ll find in the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. The engineers began to discuss a switch to building the two-motor systems in order to satisfy American desire for greater power and fuel efficiency.
Honda’s primary focus for the Civic Hybrid remains on drivability and efficiency. The two-motor system affords greater durations of electric-only driving, which increases fuel economy; it also generates more powerful acceleration. While there is no tentative date set for a re-engineered hybrid, Hiromitsu Ishibashi, chief engineer for the one-motor system, believes that the company will likely decide to install two motors.
Regardless of Honda’s choice, the one-motor system will still bring gains. Improvements over the outgoing system are myriad, and the single engine coupled with greater power output from a new lithium ion battery will certainly impress consumers.
Starting in November, Honda intends to replace all step-geared automatic transmission with CVTs (Continuously Variable Transmission) in all Civics.
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