Bound Honda Insight Prototype Previews All-New 2019 Model


This time around, Honda is positioning the Insight as an upscale, five-passenger sedan instead of a hatch.

The 2019 Honda Insight will adopt a two-motor hybrid system.

Sitting at the summit of the Honda vehicle range is the Acura NSX - a complex, advanced hybrid two-seater that goes like stink but can't seem to find many takers.

Honda said the latest Insight "takes an entirely new approach with the styling, packaging, premium features and performance desired by mainstream auto buyers - a hybrid vehicle without any inherent compromise".

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Honda did not offer an initial price point for the new Insight, but said it would be positioned about the popular Civic in the company's passenger vehicle lineup. The newest Insight will be a 5-passenger sedan positioned between the Civic and Accord. With regards to fuel economy, Honda says that the Insight will be "competitive with other compact hybrid models".

That system is also used in the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, and is expected to appear in a future Honda CR-V Hybrid, a version of which has already been introduced in China. The second, meanwhile, is used both to start the gas engine when its power is required, and to act as a generator to charge the battery for the first motor. Set to be officially launched at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 in mid-January, the new Insight will sit above the current Honda Civic in the automaker's line-up.

This newest addition to the Honda lineup is part of a broader electrification initiative announced by the Japanese manufacturer in which two-thirds of the vehicles offered globally by 2030 would be electrified.