Honda will unveil a prototype of the hybrid Insight at the next Auto Show in Detroit in January as the precursor to the new 2019 Insight. On-sale of what will be the third generation of the hybrid pioneer is to begin next year.
The new Insight features the latest generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system also used in the Accord Hybrid and will launch next summer as the newest electrified vehicle in the Honda lineup.
Once out, it will be the third hybrid for Honda as it joins the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and 2018 Accord Hybrid. The Insight however, was ahead of its time when it debuted in 1999, as it was the first commercially available hybrid vehicle in the States and the first Honda equipped with the carmaker’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system.
The now third generation however, is designed to capture mainstream buyers rather than early adopters.
The 2019 Insight model is to be manufactured at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana plant, alongside the Civic and CR-V. It will join the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity PHEV and the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid.
Honda wants two-thirds of its global sales to be electrified vehicles by 2030. In Europe though, the Japanese carmaker set this target five years earlier, that is by 2025 (we reported).
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