Honda is making a move in product design along with development as they are readjusting the production so that they can maximize the unused capacity to give them a proper start when it comes to electrification.
Up to now the majority of the efforts of Honda have been sporadic in alternative fuel powertrains as they have come up with a couple of hybrids or plug-in hybrids here and there alongside the pursuit of hydrogen propulsion.
However with new leadership it is looking as though they want to regain their bearings and go all out to offer a dedicated plug-in hybrid along with an all-electric vehicle in 2018. It is thought that it will be launched under the Honda Clarity name.
This would also mean that Honda would have to bring back electrified variations of some of their best-selling vehicles. The Honda Accord Hybrid made a welcome return after taking a year off and it came back stronger than ever with 48mpg combined. The Honda CR-V is said to be going down the route of the plug-in hybrid for the first time ever.
With these two entering into the alternative fuel game it would make a great deal of sense for the 10th generation Honda Civic to make its return as a hybrid variation.
The Honda Accord is going to have the same platform as the Honda Civic and if it should beat the Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu and the Toyota Camry in hybrids, the Honda Civic could perhaps do so too.
We may not see it arrive as a 2017 model but we believe that we could see the 2018 Honda Civic hybrid make an appearance, more so when Honda show off the dedicated PHEV with a battery and electric version.