Honda has released a few more photos and more information about the 2019 Honda Insight Prototype, which is going to debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show. Honda is bringing back the Insight name a third time for a new dedicated hybrid that will arrive later this year.
The Honda Insight Prototype previews the 2019 Insight, which should look nearly identical. Compared to the first two generations, the biggest change this time is that the Insight will be a sedan. It will slot in between the Civic and Accord in Honda’s lineup and offer room for up to five passengers. The lithium-ion battery pack is also located under the rear seat, allowing for a 60/40 folding rear seats.
Honda hasn’t announced the powertrain specs, but it does say that it’s targeting a combined rating over 50 mpg. The hybrid will be powered by a third-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system that will combine a 1.5L four-cylinder engine to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The powertrain will be able to operate on electric power alone in most conditions as it draws energy from the engine that acts as a generator or the battery pack.
The 2019 Honda Insight will include Honda LaneWatch on EX trim levels and above and Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition.
The 2019 Insight will be manufactured at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana plant, alongside the Civic and CR-V.
“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.