Today the California Air Resources Board released a pair of documents pertaining to the 2016 Civic Sedan. Oddly enough both documents detail the 2.0L.
The first document lists the 2.0L with the CVT a 6 speed. No surprises. The second lists the 2.0 with only the CVT.
Once we compared the two documents side by side an interesting dichotomy appeared.
The 2.0L listed with CVT and M6 is categorized as LEV3 ULEV125. LEV3 is the current exhaust emissions regulations, ULEV is an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle.
Now where it gets interesting is the second document which categorizes the 2.0L as LEV3 SULEV30. SULEV is a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle, the last category for combustion vehicles before PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles) and ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicles). CARB says SULEVS "will only emit a single pound of hydrocarbons during 100,000 miles of driving-about the same as spilling a pint of gasoline"
Could we be looking at an early confirmation of a Civic Hybrid, or potentially a high efficiency trim? We're not sure yet, but we're working on it. Stay tuned for updates as the day goes on!
This is definitely not a confirmation of a Civic Hybrid, it would of fallen into the PZEV category. Our best guess at this point is Honda will bring back the Civic Eco.
The SULEV 2.0 is fully compliant with LEV3 evaporative emission regulation. LEV3 evaporative emission regulation introduces zero-evaporative emission standards across all vehicle classes by 2022. The ULEV 2.0 falls under LEV2 evaporative emission regulations.
It's also possible that the SULEV 2.0 will not be sold in all markets or even regions of the same market. It could be a High-Efficiency Eco model exclusive to the West Coast for instance.