On December 19, Honda Motor Company announced it will unveil the all-new Insight prototype at the 2018 North American International Auto Show which takes place next January.
The first-generation Insight was introduced to the U.S. market back in 1999. Launched ahead of the first-generation Toyota Prius, the Honda Insight was the first-ever hybrid production car available in the U.S. The two-door first-gen Insight featured a lightweight body and Honda’s IMA hybrid system that delivered an EPA fuel economy estimate of 30km/liter on highway driving.
The second-generation Insight was introduced in 2009 with practicality in mind as the model featured five doors and seating for up to five passengers. It also came with an advanced IMA hybrid system, and was rated highly for being the lowest priced hybrid car on the U.S. market. However, production of the Honda Insight was discontinued in March 2014.
The soon-to-be-unveiled all-new Insight is the prototype for its third-generation model. The Insight will be featured in Honda’s lineup for the first time in nearly four years and will rank above the Civic as a five-door sedan.
The third-gen Insight will feature Honda’s latest two-motor hybrid system. It will be assembled at Honda’s Indiana Plant and is scheduled for release to the U.S. market in summer 2018.
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)