Honda previews Insight prototype

Honda previews Insight prototype

Although details of the propulsion system won't be confirmed until the show, it's nearly certain the new Insight will feature the latest version of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid powertrain.

After launching the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid with the latest version of the two-motor hybrid system, the brand recently released the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid in Canada, while in the United States, hydrogen fuel cell and fully electric versions of the The Clarity are offered as well.

Neither wildly futuristic like the first Insight 2-seater of 2000, plain looking like the first Civic Hybrid of 2003, or thrifted to painful levels like the second-generation Insight of 2010, the new 2019 Insight will be positioned as a premium compact hybrid slotting above the Civic in Honda's lineup. By 2030, Honda expects two-thirds of all sales will consist of electrified vehicles. Which means it should share its 2700-millimetre wheelbase.

Honda just announced it will show the Insight prototype at the incoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, giving us a better glimpse at what the 2019 Honda insight sedan will look like. Honda has not yet announced how fuel-efficient the next Insight will be, but Arcangeli described the vehicle as having "best-in-class performance" in this regard. That battery, by the way, will be located under the rear seats and won't rob the Insight of the ability to fold the rear seatbacks for longer cargo. More intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, further enhance Insight over its compact hybrid competitors.

2019 Honda Insight prototype interior
Honda promises class-leading interior room as well as available perforated leather seating

It runs on electric power only and uses the engine (operating as a generator) or the battery pack. In the Clarity, this powertrain delivers a combined output of 212 horsepower-103 hp from the gas engine and 181 from the electric motor-but the Insight could hierarchically be slightly less powerful.

Inside the new Insight, there will be optional perforated leather seating.

The Insight will be manufactured at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant, alongside Civic and CR-V using domestic and globally sourced parts.

The all-new third-gen Insight that will debut in prototype form in a matter of days will ditch the Prius look entirely, instead offering the shape and packaging of a four-door sedan with a premium look and feel.