Honda has confirmed an all-new dedicated hybrid will arrive next year.
At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the Japanese automaker announced the new model will be made in America and is part of the Honda Electrification Initiative, which plans to expand the company’s portfolio of electrified vehicles. Honda also plans to expand the use of its two-motor hybrid powertrain from passenger cars to its light truck lineup in the future, hinting that a Ridgeline Hybrid is in development.
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Expect the new dedicated hybrid model (which could even be a crossover) to feature a powertrain similar to the one found in the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, which uses a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a total system output of 212 horsepower. The Accord sedan returns 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.
The company has set a global target for two-thirds of all sales to come from electrified models by 2030.
“Half of the all-new models Honda will launch in the United States in the coming two years will be electrified vehicles,” said Takahiro Hachigo, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. “In the long term, electrified vehicles are key to the future of carbon-free mobility.”
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