Honda will complete the electrification of its European lineup with the new-generation Civic hatchback.
The Civic will be offered in Europe only as a hybrid, Honda said in a statement on Thursday.
The compact car will use the automaker's e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain that mates a 1.5-liter gasoline engine to an electric motor.
The Civic hybrid will be sold alongside the Jazz hybrid small car and the CR-V hybrid compact SUV. A new hybrid HR-V small SUV is due to go on sale in Europe later this year. Honda also sells the E full-electric minicar in Europe.
The Civic will go on sale in Europe in the autumn next year. Its launch will complete the company's objective for all its European mainstream models to feature electrified powertrains by the end of 2022, Honda said.
Honda will no longer build European versions of the car in Swindon, England. The factory is being shuttered in July as the automaker shrinks its global manufacturing network. Honda has not said where the European models will be built.
Honda has confirmed that the hatchback will form the base of a new-generation Type R performance version that will arrive in 2022, but the car has not been confirmed for Europe.
The 11th-generation Civic was revealed during an online presentation (see video below) on Thursday in advance of sales in some markets later this year, including Japan and the U.S.
The Civic hatchback will be built in the U.S. for the first time, at Honda's plant Greensburg, Indiana. The hatchback variant was previously exported to the U.S. from the Swindon factory.