Honda Is Preparing a New Hybrid Powertrain For Its U.S.-Built Car Due in 2018
Is a new Insight on the horizon?
It looks like a renewed hybrid push is in the works at Honda.
The folks at Autocar have spotted what is apparently a new hybrid Honda powertrain roaming about. Currently living under a Honda City test mule (that's essentially a three-box Fit Honda sells primarily in Asia), the new hybrid 'train will reportedly debut in a new, dedicated hybrid model built and presumably sold right here in America.
Utilizing a dual-motor-plus-combustion layout, the new semi-electric engine is said to be akin to the one found in Honda's current Accord Hybrid—a 2.0-liter four-pot and an electric motor good for a combined 212-horsepower and, more importantly, 48miles per gallon combined.
The move marks yet another step in the seemingly never-ending march towards the electrified future of motoring, a future the Japanese automaker is embracing with open arms. "In the long term, electrified vehicles are key to the future of carbon-free mobility," said Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo.
Honda will reportedly take the wraps off of its new, built-in-the-USA hybrid sometime in 2018.