No one asked for it, but someone was bound to do it. Honda’s UK team has turned the new Civic Type R into a pickup truck, and not as an April Fool’s joke.
Not content with pranking us with the Honda CR-V Roadster concept — a convertible version of Honda’s popular compact crossover — on April Fool’s 2018, the team now gives us the weird El Camino-inspired, Civic Type R pickup truck concept.
The Civic Type R pickup truck has been completely reworked from the B-pillars back, doing away with the rear seats and cargo area in favor of a flatbed loading area. But for some strange reason, the large rear spoiler remains.
It ain’t pretty and probably can’t haul a lot, but it’s said to be one of the fastest pickup trucks on UK roads, with Honda estimating a sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under six seconds and a top speed over 165 mph (266 km/h). project lead Alyn James stated:
“We have a special projects division at the factory in Swindon and this project was a fantastic opportunity for the team to show just what their creative minds could do. The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation and we are even considering taking it to the Nurburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck!”
Now, before you get too excited, Honda wants to let you know that it has no plans to produce the Honda Civic Type R pickup truck concept. Is that really a bad thing?
2020 Honda CR-V Gets Hybrid Version, Other Upgrades
The CR-V hybrid marks the Japanese automaker’s foray into the electrified SUV segment.
The Honda CR-V has received some major updates for its 2020 model year, most notable of which is the introduction of the 2020 CR-V Hybrid.
The CR-V hybrid represents Honda’s first electrified SUV. It is powered by a variation of the Accord Hybrid’s two-motor hybrid powertrain, combining two electric motors with a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine to produce 212 horsepower, which is higher than the non-hybrid CR-V.
The system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission and is said to deliver 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard CR-V.
Front wheel drive is the default setup, but if all-wheel drive is a must, the CR-V Hybrid can send power from the electric motor to the rear wheels.
As for the rest of the 2020 CR-V lineup, the sole engine is now the 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 190 horsepower. Buyers have the option of front- or all-wheel drive.
Honda’s designers made the front fascia of all models more aggressive with a pronounced grille, slapped on some new wheels, and added three new colors: Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Metallic (CR-V hybrid only).
Inside, the center console bin has been redesigned, the gear selector now features Honda’s push button system, and CR-V Touring trims now come standard with Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging. The Honda Sensing driver-assistance and safety suite has been made standard across the lineup.
The non-hybrid 2020 Honda CR-V goes on sale in fall 2019, while the electrified edition arrives in early 2020.
2020 Honda E Is A Small Electric Car With 137-Mile Range
It’s no Porsche Taycan, but it’s certainly perkier and a lot more affordable.
Honda has officially unveiled the production version of the Honda E electric car.
The Honda E was previously previewed by near-production prototype, so there is nothing surprising about its performance figures and the way it looks. Engineers gave it an electric motor (136-hp or 152-hp) that powers the rear wheels, which together with a 50:50 weight balance, should make it a fun little car to drive around in town.
When equipped with the more powerful 152-hp electric motor, the E can reach 62 mph in about eight seconds. It can travel up to 137 miles (220 km) on a single charge, and its 35.5-kWh battery can be recharged up to 80 percent capacity in only 30 minutes when plugged into a fast charger, providing juice for roughly 110 miles (177 km).
Inside, driver and passengers are treated to a minimalistic interior dominated by an intelligent interface with a dual 12.3-inch touchscreen display. A pair of six-inch screens provide a view of the side of the vehicle, thanks to the utilization of Honda’s Side Camera Mirror System instead of traditional side mirrors.
The highlight of the infotainment system is the Honda Personal Assistant application, which uses “unique contextual understanding to create natural conversations and provide access to a range of online services.” All you have to do say “OK Honda” and tell the car what you want to know.
The online ordering book for the Honda E is open for buyers in the UK, Germany, France, and Norway. Are you interested in getting one?
2020 Honda Civic Si Gets Styling Updates, More Standard Tech
For just a little bit more money, you get a slightly different design, more standard kit, and more responsive acceleration.
As with the rest of the Civic lineup, Honda has given the Civic Si sedan and coupe some styling and performance upgrades for the 2020 model year.
Starting with styling, the 2020 Civic Si gets a revised front bumper that now features gloss black trim, a body-color crossbar and new LED fog lights.The grille has also been updated and is flanked by headlights with multi-element LED lamps that deliver a wider and longer light beam.
The rear has a new lower bumper treatment that matches the new front design, while the four corner wells are filled with with new matte black 18-inch wheels.
Inside, driver and passenger are treated to red accents on the seat bottom and seat back, and a new red trim on the instrument panel. All Civic Si models now come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive systems, including new automatic high beams.
The 2020 Civic Si is powered by the same turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine as the previous model, with a six-speed manual transmission channeling 205 horsepower to the front wheels. The only big change under the hood is a 6-percent shorter final-drive ratio, which Honda says gives the car improved acceleration feel.
The 2020 Honda Civic Si coupe and sedan are both priced at $25,930 in the United States, including destination fees. The only option are summer tires, which cost an extra $200.