NAIAS 2018: Honda's Insight Prototype shows hybrids need not look boring

NAIAS 2018: Honda's Insight Prototype shows hybrids need not look boring image

Marcus De Guzman / Honda Press | January 18, 2018 11:22

Honda blends style with hybrid tech in 2019 Insight Prototype

Honda has indeed revealed the next-generation Insight (in prototype form) at this year's North American International Auto Show. No longer donning a hatchback design, the 2019 Insight Prototype has received a thorough redesign.

Billed as a premium compact that will slot above the Civic, Honda aims to market the new Insight to customers with its sleek sweptback design, spacious five-seater cabin and refined hybrid performance.

“The new 2019 Honda Insight signals we are entering a new era of electrification with a new generation of Honda products that offer customers the benefits of advanced powertrain technology without the traditional trade-offs in design, premium features or packaging,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales and General Manager of Honda Division.

NAIAS 2018: Honda sleek new hybrid Insight prototype debuts

As mentioned earlier, the new Insight departs from its hatchback origins and has been redesigned as a stylish compact sedan. Borrowing cues from both the Civic, the 2019 Insight features a coupe-like design and a low, wide stance. The front fascia is dominated by the company's Solid Wing Face grill along with eye-catching LED headlights. Also giving the Insight a more strking appearance comes courtesy of the sleek LED taillights, stylish alloy wheels and sloping roofline.

NAIAS 2018: Honda's sleek new hybrid Insight prototype debuts

Inside, Honda said the Insight will offer class-leading passenger space thanks to its long wheelbase platform. In-car amenities and features that will be available on the Insight include: an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi capability, a 7-inch digital meter panel and perforated leather for the seats. Also, trunk space on the Insight is unhindered as Honda installed the battery pack beneath the rear seats.

Driving the Insight is Honda's third-generation two-motor hybrid system. It's comprised of a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline-four that is coupled to an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. On normal conditions, the Insight is propelled by electric power only and draws its energy from the battery or engine (which acts as a generator). Exact output ratings have yet to be revealed however.

NAIAS 2018: Honda's sleek new hybrid Insight prototype debuts

Honda's suite of safety tech called Honda Sensing will also be available on the Insight. Features such as collision mitigation braking system (CMBS), lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and low-speed follow can be specified for the 2019 Insight.

NAIAS 2018: Honda's sleek new hybrid Insight prototype debuts

The 2019 Honda Insight will be manufactured at the company's Greensburg, Indiana plant alongside the Civic and CR-V using domestic and locally-produced parts. It will arrive in production guise around late 2018.