Honda teases the 2019 Insight hybrid ahead of Detroit debut


The company said Tuesday morning that it will show a prototype of what will be the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan in Detroit four weeks from now.

Drivetrain, pricing and other details are being held back for the Insight's in-the-flesh debut at the Detroit motor show, which kicks off in the middle January. Given the body lines, glass, mirrors, and overall stance, there's no question that this third-generation Insight is heavily based on the current generation Civic.

Honda did not offer an initial price point for the new Insight, but said it would be positioned about the popular Civic in the company's passenger vehicle lineup. The new Insight will use the same 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors combo found in the 2018 Accord hybrid.

Those cars were, respectively, a tiny two-seat hatchback (2000-2006) and a subcompact five-door hatchback (2010-2014). The Japanese automaker has stayed mum on the specifics, but so far, we do know the new hybrid will be built at the company's Greensburg, Indiana manufacturing plant.

The original Insight of the early 2000s was a 3-door hatch.

The 2019 Insight, however, is a compact-to-mid-size four-door sedan-a far more popular segment for US auto buyers. Boasting room for five passengers and a significantly lower fuel economy rating, the follow-up Insight didn't sent Honda's sales charts aflame.

Honda's Insight prototype will make its public debut next month at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, previewing the 2019 production model. Most of the sales will be driven by gas-powered trucks and SUVs.