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Honda offers new Insight for electrification in Detroit

Third generation Insight will carry on hybrid mantle in all-new sedan

Published: December 20, 2017, 9:45 PM
Updated: December 27, 2017, 5:49 AM

Honda Insight Prototype teaser

The Honda Insight was the first hybrid vehicle to make it to market in North America, and it made it through two completely different generations of vehicles, and now it’s slated for a new debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Honda Insight Prototype teaser

The all-new 2019 Honda Insight will follow the 5-seat sedan presentation of its second generation, not the 2-seat coupe/hatchback of the first generation, and it will again be fitted with a hybrid powertrain (though not the Integrated Motor Assist of the previous generations).

In Detroit, Honda will be showing off the Insight Prototype — a close representation of the 2019 production car that will move the model upscale, to the top of the Honda passenger car lineup

Honda Insight Prototype Interior teaser

“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,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior V-P Sales and general manager of the Honda Division for American Honda. “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.”

Honda says the new car takes an entirely new approach with styling, packaging, features and performance, with the latter provided by Honda’s 2-motor full hybrid powertrain. It also helps Honda meet its ambitious Honda Electrification Initiative, where it promises to have electrified vehicles account for two thirds of its global sales by 2030. It will mark the fifth electrified vehicle (in addition to the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric, Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and Accord Hybrid) in the past year.

Honda Insight Prototype Interior teaser

It will be manufactured in Greensburg, Indiana alongside the Civic and CR-V. More information about the prototype and production model will be released as the respective vehicles are unveiled.