The resurrected Honda Insight is categorized to be one level above the Civic. A prototype of the 2019 model will debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.
The 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit will have the usual impressive lineup, with new models, concept cars and prototypes galore. Honda will take advantage of the large worldwide platform to present its 2019 Honda Insight hybrid.
The all-new Insight will include Honda’s latest 2-motor hybrid system featured in the 2018 Accord Hybrid and Clarity Hybrid. It will be a little smaller hybrid sedan than the Accord Hybrid, though. No specifications have been disclosed yet, though Honda does confidently say that the car will compete well with other compact hybrids.
According to Green Car Reports, Honda says the 2019 Insight:
"“Takes an entirely new approach with the styling, packaging, premium features and performance desired by mainstream car buyers – a hybrid vehicle without any inherent compromise.”"
Henio Arcangeli Jr., GM of the Honda Division, explained that the new Insight will provide much more interior space than its predecessors. It will also provide best-in-class performance without compromise.
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The Insight is scheduled to be launched in the U.S. in the summer of 2018, along with Honda’s newest EVs. It will be produced at a plant in Greensburg, Indiana, where the Honda CR-V and Civic are also manufactured. This is pretty newsworthy, as both previous generations of the Insight were imported from Japan.
The first Insight, which was introduced in 1999, was the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle in the United States. This car came with an impressive EPA highway rating of 70 miles per gallon. The next generation five-door Insight came in 2019 with a bigger cabin and improved functionality.
Expect pricing, trim details and fuel economy figures to be announced when the debut date approaches. You can safely assume, however, that the 2019 Insight will likely be priced at a higher rate than the Civic. We think that pricing may start in the low to mid $20,000 range.
Stay tuned for the Insight’s debut at the North American International Auto Show beginning on January 14th.
What do you think about this five-seater hybrid sedan? Comment your thoughts below. We will keep you updated once it gets revealed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.