Honda Insight prototype previews 50 mpg 2019 Insight hybrid sedan

Honda Insight Prototype front

We’ll see it in the metal during NAIAS 2018

Honda just announced it will show the Insight prototype at the incoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, giving us a better glimpse at what the 2019 Honda insight sedan will look like.

When it finally launches in production flavor towards the end of 2018, Honda’s 2019 Insight will slot above the compact Civic. Its powertrain will be a hybrid one mixing 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine assisted by an electric motor powered by a Li-ion battery pack positioned under the rear seats.

Honda Insight Prototype 3

This way, says Honda, the trunk’s size isn’t sacrificed while the rear seats retain the 60/40 split-folding feature. The press blurb also mentions an anticipated EPA fuel-efficiency rating of 50 mpg, yet no other info on power, torque or any other specs.

Honda Insight Prototype 4

We do learn that inside the cabin, an 8-inch infotainment system and a 7-inch digital LCD will serve the driver and the front passenger, coupled with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi-based OTA system. On the assistance front, the new Insight will feature a collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Honda will assembly the 2019 Insight at its Greensburg, Indiana plant.