Detroit-Bound Honda Insight Prototype Previews All-New 2019 Model

The Honda Insight prototype will make its global debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, previewing a more upscale production model set to arrive next summer.

As you can see, the Insight will move on from its “quirky hatchback” roots and become a five-passenger sedan, taking its place above the Civic in the Japanese automaker’s passenger car lineup.

“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,” said Honda exec, Henio Arcangeli Jr.

“You won’t have to be an electrification advocate to appreciate the new Insight – it’s a great car in its own right, independent of what’s happening under the hood.”

Compared to the old Insight, the all-new 2019 model features new styling, new packaging, premium features and improved performance, according to Honda. It will be powered by a two-motor hybrid system, said to offer fuel economy figures that are comparable to what you get in other compact hybrid models.

“At the 2017 North American International Auto Show we announced our Honda Electrification Initiative with the intention to make two-thirds of Honda’s global vehicle sales electrified vehicles by 2030,” added Arcangeli. “With the Insight launching later in 2018 as the fifth electrified vehicle brought to market over the past year, we’re demonstrating our commitment to that goal.”

Honda will build the 2019 Insight at their Greensburg plant in Indiana, alongside the Civic and CR-V.