Jose Altoveros / Honda | December 20, 2017 11:48
Honda revives Insight name as an upscale hybrid sedan
At the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, Honda will be bringing back the Insight nameplate after it was discontinued back in 2014. Unlike its two predecessors however, the Insight will not be returning as a 3- or 5-door hatchback. Instead, the Japanese automaker has now positioned it above the Civic as an 'upscale' five-seater hybrid sedan.
Set to make it's public debut in Detroit, Honda has released images of the Insight prototype for the time being. Though unlike most prototypes, the Insight seen here looks more of a near-production concept. That said, expect the design of the production model Insight to look identical with only miniscule changes, if any at all. Styling wise it appears to have taken some design inspiration largely from the current 10th generation Civic, specifcally its long hood and body lines.
Inside, there are more more similarities with the Civic. The lone interior photo shows the Insight having a similar if not the same dashboard as the Civic. It does however feature Honda's newer control panel for the gearbox, having only buttons instead of a traditional gate-type or shifter.
Much like its predecessors, the 2019 Insight will also be a hybrid. Under the hood, power will come from Honda's latest two-motor hybrid system that is also found on the upcoming Accord Hybrid and Clarity Hybrid. This setup pairs two electric motors to a 2.0-liter DOHC engine, allowing it to offer 'fuel economy that is competitive with other compact hybrid models'. Power rating and fuel economy figures are still unknown, but expect it to be revealed once the car debuts in Detroit.
The production version Insight is slated to arrive in mid-2018. Once launched, it will be a part of Honda's plan of having electrified vehicles make up two-thirds of its global sales by 2030. It will also be joining the Japanese automaker's Clarity series, expanding Honda's green line up.