Honda to debut 2019 Insight Prototype at North American International Auto Show

First Look: Honda's sleek new Insight compact hybrid emphasizes style as much as it does efficiency

2019 Honda Insight hybrid to debut in Detroit, promises 50 mpg combined

Honda said it will be the premium concept vehicle above the Civic in the company's lineup.

As expected from a new Honda, the 2019 Insight will come with a host of technology features. In fact, it looks much better than the Honda Civic with which it shares many of its underpinnings. Honda says the Insight will feature a long wheelbase to offer class-leading passenger space, so there should be plenty of room to bring friends and family along for the ride. The system utilizes a 1.5-liter petrol engine coupled with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery.

The new Insight will take a shape of a sedan, positioned above the Civic and just below the Accord.

Inside, the Insight will be available with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and an onboard Wi-Fi connection that will enable over-the-air system updates. Honda notes that the pack's location under the rear seat allows for full use of the trunk.

Over on the safety tech and driver-assistance side, there'll be Honda LaneWatch on EX and above trims, along with the Honda Sensing safety suite.

In the larger and heavier Clarity Plug-In Hybrid mid-size sedan, the drive motor is rated at 135 kilowatts (181 horsepower) and 232 pound-feet of torque. Those include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert, and a new traffic-sign recognition feature that's been used on European cars for several years but is just making its way into mass-priced US vehicles. Most of the time, Honda says, the Insight will use the electric motor alone, relying on power from the batteries or, if they're depleted, starting up the gas engine to act as a mobile generator.

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.

Like its predecessors, the 2019 Honda Insight will be a petrol/electric hybrid, but this time it's being introduced when hybrid powertrains are actually becoming popular.

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.

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