Honda will take on the 2018 Detroit Motor Show stage with a new Insight Concept. The Insight Concept is the precursor to the all-new third-generation Insight which will arrive sometime in 2019.
Positioned above the Civic, the Insight is Honda’s take on the electric-hybrid passenger sedan. The new Insight will make use of the latest generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system. The styling, packaging and design approach of the new Insight is all-new, states the Japanese carmaker. The electric hybrid vehicle looks more conventional now akin to the new Civic sedan. The new hybrid system offers better fuel economy which is competitive with other compact hybrid models according to Honda.
Styling wise, there is a new chrome slat on the grille extending all the way up to the headlights. The LED treatment on the headlamps, stylish bumper design and the futuristic-looking alloy wheels complete the appearance of the hybrid Concept. The silhouette remains subtle with the wrap around tail lights that cues its styling from many Italian sedans. The smooth flowing C-pillar helps with better aerodynamics as well. On the inside, the cabin is more modern than before. There is a floating infotainment screen in the centre console whereas the instrument cluster is all digital. The design sketch of the cabin hints at an electric parking brake and a wireless mobile charging dock as well.
Honda is aiming for 75 per cent of electrified vehicle’s sales by 2030. The new third-gen Insight arriving in 2018 will be the fifth vehicle in the last one year from the carmaker. The 2019 Honda Insight will be manufactured at the carmaker’s Greensburg, Indiana facility sharing the production line with the Civic and CR-V. It joins the Clarity series (Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid) apart from the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid in the carmaker’s electrified line-up.