Honda has revealed a new concept car ahead of next month’s Detroit motor show. Dubbed the “Insight Prototype”, it previews the all-new 2019 Honda Insight, which is being described as “an upscale, stylish five-passenger sedan” to be positioned above the Civic in the Japanese brand’s passenger car lineup.
Aimed to compete against the likes of the Toyota Prius, the all-new Insight will utilise the latest generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system and is expected to launch next summer as the newest electrified vehicle in the company’s model range.
“With its sophisticated styling, dynamic stance, ample interior space and best-in-class performance, the all-new Insight embodies Honda’s approach to creating electrified vehicles without the typical tradeoffs,” says Henio Arcangeli, Jr., Honda’s car sales boss in America. “You won’t have to be an electrification advocate to appreciate the new Insight – it’s a great car in its own right, independent of what’s happening under the hood.”
Introduced in 1999, the first-generation Insight was America’s first hybrid vehicle and was followed by a second-generation model ten years later in 2009.
However, the designers say the all-new 2019 Insight takes an entirely new approach with its styling and packaging. Unlike the first two generation models, the new version will be powered by Honda’s two-motor hybrid system offering fuel economy that is said to be more competitive with other compact hybrid models.
“At the 2017 North American International Auto Show we announced our Honda Electrification Initiative with the intention to make two-thirds of Honda’s global vehicle sales electrified vehicles by 2030,” further comments Arcangeli. “With the Insight launching later in 2018 as the fifth electrified vehicle brought to market over the past year, we’re demonstrating our commitment to that goal.”
The Insight will be manufactured at Honda’s Greensburg plant in Indiana alongside the Civic and CR-V using both domestic and globally sourced parts.