Honda previews Insight prototype

2019 Honda Insight Prototype Front Quarter Left

Set for production as a 2019 production model, the prototype, which Honda describes as an "upscale, stylish five-passenger sedan positioned above the Civic in Honda's passenger vehicle lineup", will debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week.

How different? Let's back up a little first.

The 2019 Honda Insight will also feature the brand's latest advanced driving aids, such as Honda LaneWatch passenger-side blind spot monitoring, and the Honda Sensing suite that rounds up adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and traffic sign recognition, a collision mitigation system, lane departure warning and road departure mitigation. Honda's target is for the auto to achieve a 50 mpg combined fuel economy rating when it's rated by America's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The brand new twin-motor auto revives the long-standing Insight name, with Honda aiming to slot the hybrid into its range above the Civic as a more premium compact option. Its long wheelbase translates to roominess for the five passengers, according to Honda.

Honda hasn't released any specifications for the new Insight, but after personally scrutinizing a prototype on static display I can state that it is clearly Honda Civic-sized. In fact, Honda has confirmed the prototype previews a brand-new sedan that's set to go on sale next year.

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The Insight will be powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine in addition to an electric motor paired with a lithium-ion battery. The batteries are packaged underneath the rear seat, maximizing trunk space and allowing for 60/40 folding rear seats.

"The Honda Insight is anticipated to receive fuel economy ratings competitive with the best hybrids in the segment, with styling that will have universal appeal inside and out and best-in-class passenger volume", said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales and general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

What is it? The Ioniq is Hyundai's dedicated green plaform, spawing a plug-in and a full EV along with this conventional hybrid.Key Competitors: Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-MaxBase Price:. Arriving later in 2018 as the fifth electrified vehicle launched by Honda over the past year, Insight will join the Clarity series (Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid) and the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid, arriving at dealerships nationwide early this year.

The new Insight continues Honda's goal of electrifying two-thirds of its global models by 2030.

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