Honda Insight Prototype Closely Previews New Hybrid Sedan

Honda plans to unveil the Insight Prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week

Honda plans to unveil the Insight Prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week

At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Honda announced its Honda Electrification Initiative and the intention to make two-thirds of its global vehicle sales to be electrified vehicles by 2030, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell vehicles.

The new 2019 Honda Insight will use the third-generation version of the company's 2-motor hybrid system, which allows the auto to run on electric power much of the time.

The all-new 2019 Honda Insight will feature a highly efficient hybrid powertrain as well as more conventional looks, and this Detroit-bound prototype is here to serve up a preview.

The auto manufacturer hopes to make two-thirds of its global vehicle sales electrified by 2030.

After launching the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid with the latest version of the two-motor hybrid system, the brand recently released the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid in Canada, while in the United States, hydrogen fuel cell and fully electric versions of the The Clarity are offered as well. Besides unique front and rear fascia with standard LED headlights and taillights, the compact-sized Insight borrows the profile design and doors of the Civic sedan.

Honda has shown off its Insight Prototype ahead of its in-the-metal debut at the Detroit Motor Show, and word on the street is that the production version will look very similar.

Inside, Honda is promising best-in-class passenger space, along with a more upscale cabin than most compact cars. The hybrid batteries located under the rear seats provides for a full-size trunk with the flexibility of available 60/40 split and folding rear seats.

Honda says the Insight will operate mostly on electric drive, with the drive motor powered either entirely by the battery pack or while the engine is serving as a generator to recharge the battery to provide power. In the Clarity, this powertrain delivers a combined output of 212 horsepower-103 hp from the gas engine and 181 from the electric motor-but the Insight could hierarchically be slightly less powerful. The company says that the motor will work as a generator in nearly all conditions, empowering a form of its very much respected 1.5-liter turbo four backed by another two-engine hybrid system, that will convey fuel economy in excess of 50 miles for every gallon. We're thinking about 150 to 160 hp, which would be higher than its rivals.

Honda promises class-leading interior room, as well as available perforated leather seating.

Unlike the new CR-V, however, the third-generation Insight is not bound for Europe, but it will sit in the brand's U.S. line-up between the Civic and the Accord.

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