Honda may be at the Detroit Auto Show to debut the 2018 Odyssey, but the brand had some other news to share as well. The company’s president confirmed plans to launch an all-new, dedicated hybrid model in 2018.
Details on the new model are scarce, but we do know it is playing a key role in the company’s electrification plan. We also know it will utilize a variant of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system that is found in the current Honda Accord Hybrid.
Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo asserted that half of Honda’s new products in the U.S. over the next two years will be electrified in some capacity. The plan is part of Honda’s broader Electrification Initiative, which calls for two-thirds of Honda’s global sales to be of electrified models be 2030.
The plans for a dedicated hybrid came as Hachigo also confirmed a new electric vehicle for the U.S. market, but did not expressly state a timeline for that vehicle.
Will the dedicated hybrid be a return of the Honda Insight? We shall see.