Civic Hybrid, Passport and new Acura crossover: that’s what Honda is planning this year
Honda has announced its outlook for 2024, including several new and revamped models.
With 2023 in the rear view, automakers are assessing the situation and looking ahead to next year. Honda, for its part, announced its forecasts for the next 12 months and beyond, including an expected sales of 1.4 million across the Honda and Acura brands. However, what we are particularly focused on are the new models that will be introduced to drive this momentum over the next year or so.
Over the next few months, we’ll finally see the models we’ve been anticipating hit the streets. First, Honda mentioned the Civic Hybrid, which effectively replaces the now-defunct Insight for our market. It’s not the first Civic Hybrid to go on sale here, but this gas-electric version of the 11th-generation model will continue to expand the brand’s competitive portfolio against Toyota, with the CR-V Hybrid already being the best-selling hybrid model in America. Honda said it expects the Civic Hybrid to account for about 40% of total sales when it launches this summer.
In the coming months, the 2024 Honda Prologue EV will also appear. If you’re looking to make the full electric leap, this will be Honda’s first volume model (at least compared to its previous efforts like the Clarity Electric, which was only available for a short time in California). The automaker plans a phased rollout of its new electric vehicle, built on GM’s Ultium platform, with the first examples available in California and a few other states with high demand for electric vehicles, such as Texas and Florida. Honda will eventually launch it nationwide, but that will only “follow initial allocation,” meaning you may have to wait a bit if you live in a less EV-dense market. You’re probably not shopping for an electric car if you live somewhere with lighter charging infrastructure, anyway.
Honda also said it is consolidating its electric production lines around a new “EV Hub” in Ohio, as it prepares to produce new electric vehicles. A production version of the “Series 0” sedan that the company debuted at CES will go on sale in 2026.
Continuing its electrification plans this year, a new hydrogen-powered Honda CR-V fuel cell electric vehicle (PCEV) will go on sale this year.
Honda is also preparing a new and updated Passport for the Odyssey
While the Civic and CR-V are Honda’s best-selling vehicles, the company is still tackling other segments in 2024 as well. A new version of the Passport SUV is coming, although the company has not shared any technical details. Senior Vice President of Sales Mamadou Diallo spoke about the powerful capability of this new model, and the initial drawing indicates that the new model will take on a boxy design closer to the Hyundai Santa Fe XRT. Anyway, we are maybe See the new Passport differentiate itself a little more from the three-row Pilot, rather than effectively being a shorter two-row version of the long-term family hauler.
Speaking to an email I received this week from an interested viewer, Honda mentioned that it will update the Odyssey in 2024. However, while the company has launched a hybrid version in Japan, it doesn’t look like we’ll see the same model here. Specifically, Honda mentioned “design and technology improvements to remain competitive in the minivan segment,” but nothing there suggests we’ll see a new powertrain. He. She could It will happen, but it will likely depend on the statement that the US market Odyssey will see a mild facelift this year, and that’s it.
What’s going on with Acura? Crossovers, crossovers, crossovers
While the past two years brought us the excellent (if underrated) Acura TLX and the revived Integra, the brand is focusing on the real moneymakers in 2024: crossovers.
To that end, we will see the launch of Acura’s first electric SUV, the ZDX, in the coming months. Beyond that, the company says we’ll also see “significant updates” to the three-row MDX SUV. This includes a new Bang and Olufsen sound system (which is being offered for the first time on the ZDX), as well as Google’s built-in infotainment system and AcuraWatch’s “most advanced” feature set. If you’re not a huge fan of Acura’s touchpad system, there’s also good news! The automaker is dropping this setup for a new touchscreen interface with a “more usable” center console. The strange thing is that they are He didn’t do that Do that for the updated TLX, but it is what it is.
The RDX will also see some upgrades, the automaker says, “to enhance its appeal and functionality.” Once again, it looks like the brand’s rival Lexus NX, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC (among others) will get a mild refresh.
However, Acura’s all-new crossover will come down the pike. This new model will debut later this year, and Acura says it will be placed “at the gate of the lineup alongside the Integra.” In layman’s terms, expect a small, relatively inexpensive crossover below the RDX.
It looks like we’ll be busy with Honda events over the coming months, so stay tuned for more updates. In fact, we’re actually driving the new Prologue soon, and you can see the initial details below.