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Honda Insight Prototype is 99 percent the all-new 2019 Insight hybrid

The pre-production concept car will be fully uncovered at the Detroit Auto Show

Honda has released the first photos of the Insight Prototype, a pre-production concept car that previews the all-new 2019 Insight hybrid.

Debuting at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15 the Insight Prototype is described by Honda as "an upscale, stylish five-passenger sedan positioned above the Civic." The new model will bridge the gap between the Civic Sedan and the Accord Sedan in Honda's passenger car lineup — it even looks a lot like a combination of the Civic and the Accord.

However, Honda abuses the term "sedan" a bit because the Insight is technically a five-door hatchback. Since it carries the name of America's first hybrid production model (in 1999), the Insight is powered by a hybrid powertrain. Unlike its predecessors that featured single-motor systems, the 2019 Insight gets a two-motor configuration used in other Honda models as well.

Honda promises fuel economy "that is competitive with other compact hybrid models," as well as no compromises whatsoever. According to the automaker, the 2019 Insight features the styling, packaging, premium features, and performance desired by mainstream car buyers.

"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."

Henio Arcangeli, Jr., general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.  

The 2019 Honda Insight will launch in summer 2018 as the carmaker's fifth electrified vehicle brought to market over the past year — following the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric, Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, and Accord Hybrid.

The Insight will be built at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant, alongside the Civic compact and CR-V SUV.

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