New 2018 Honda Insight Prototype revealed ahead of Detroit debut
Honda's third-generation Insight arrives next summer and will be previewed at Detroit in January, but it won't come to the UK
While the first and second generation Insights did make it to the European market, Auto Express understands that this third-gen car won’t be offered in the UK. Honda axed the previous Insight from our market early in 2014, alongside the CR-Z Hybrid Coupe.
The images reveal that Honda has significantly changed the shape of the Insight. It's now a rakish saloon, with one or two tenth-generation Accord cues up front, contrasting with the round hatchback profile of the old model. It’ll still be positioned as a five-seat saloon sitting above the Civic on the US market, however. Sketches of the cabin reveal a dashboard layout similar to that of the Civic's.
Little else has been said, but the new Insight will make use of Honda’s latest two-motor hybrid system, also known as Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD). The exact composition of the i-MMD drivetrain in the new Insight is unknown, but it’s a system we’ve already seen in the CR-V Hybrid prototype revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September. We’ve also driven a prototype Odyssey minivan using the technology.
Though the next Insight won’t be a global model, Honda is preparing a global electrification push. Recent show-stealing concepts such as the Urban EV and the Sports EV concept have hinted strongly at the direction the brand is taking, and the firm intends for two-thirds of its global sales to be electrified by 2030.
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