HONDA has revealed a prototype of its upcoming Insight hybrid, which will revive a model line killed off in 2014.
Unveiled ahead of the Detroit Motor Show, where the car will make its public debut, the Insight Prototype previews the production car that will sit above the Civic in the Japanese manufacturer’s line-up.
Production of the hybrid saloon has been confirmed for the US, where it will be built in Greensburg, Indiana and will launch in Summer — but there has so far been no confirmation on European availability.
Full technical details have not been disclosed for the Insight, but Honda says it will “be powered by Honda's two-motor hybrid system offering fuel economy that is competitive with other compact hybrid models”.
The first-generation Insight was introduced in 1999, and featured an unconventional teardrop-shaped body with at-the-time revolutionary hybrid technology.
Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior-vice president of automobile sales and general manager of Honda’s US division, said: "With its sophisticated styling, dynamic stance, ample interior space and best-in-class performance, the all-new Insight embodies Honda's approach to creating electrified vehicles without the typical tradeoffs.”
"You won't have to be an electrification advocate to appreciate the new Insight – it's a great car in its own right, independent of what's happening under the hood."
"At the 2017 North American International Auto Show we announced our Honda Electrification Initiative with the intention to make two-thirds of Honda's global vehicle sales electrified vehicles by 2030.
“With the Insight launching later in 2018 as the fifth electrified vehicle brought to market over the past year, we're demonstrating our commitment to that goal."