- Honda has announced that it will introduce a hybrid version of the Civic compact car for the 2024 model year.
- The company says the Civic hybrid will be offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles and will be powered by a version of the powertrain in the larger Accord hybrid.
- Hybrid models will not replace the petrol models currently on offer, but will be sold alongside them when they hit the market in 2024.
The next step in Honda’s plan to hybridize its lineup will come in the form of the 2024 Civic Hybrid, which will be offered as both a sedan and a hatchback. The company’s electrification plans include moving to an all-electric lineup by 2040, but ramping up its hybrid offerings in the meantime is intended to bridge that gap.
We reported last April that Honda had launched a hybrid version of the Civic hatchback in Europe, and speculated that the car would also come overseas to replace the discontinued Insight sedan. We’re not yet sure exactly how Honda will adapt the European car’s powertrain, which consists of a 2.0-liter inline-four and two electric motors that combine for 181 horsepower, for the American market. But we can only hope that its output comes closer to the 204 horsepower offered by the closely related hybrid setup in the 2023 Accord hybrid.
While consumer interest has moved from cars to light trucks and SUVs, Honda still sees sedans and hatchbacks as important parts of its business.
“The market has moved away from passenger cars, but cars still matter to Honda,” said Mamadou Diallo, vice president of automotive sales for American Honda. “The cars bring younger, more multicultural buyers to the brand.”
Introducing a hybrid powertrain to the Civic lineup is part of Honda’s plan to keep those younger buyers going. Honda plans to open the order books for its all-electric Prologue SUV this year as well, which will be its first step towards the wider electrification of its range within the coming years.
We expect to find out more about the Civic hybrid closer to the car’s on-sale date, which should be in early 2024.