Honda to try again with revamped Insight

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Perhaps the third time will be the charm for Honda Motor’s dedicated hybrid.

The automaker unveiled its 2019 Insight ahead of the North American International Auto Show. Although Honda calls it a prototype model, with an expected launch that will be later in 2018, we expect little of it to change.

This marks Honda’s third attempt at a dedicated hybrid vehicle that has the Insight nameplate. The first Insight was discontinued in 2006 and the second in 2014.

The new Insight is a sedan; the previous versions were hatchbacks. Honda calls it “a premium compact” and will slot it above the Civic. (Although its pricing hasn’t been announced, we believe that the Insight will start at around $25,000.)

Honda says the Insight will have a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and a “powerful electric propulsion” motor, although Honda provides no further details about the powertrain. The automaker says it expects the Insight to attain an Environmental Protection Agency rating that’s above 50 mpg.

Honda says a range of advanced safety features will be available on all models as well as a smart-entertainment system that has an 8-inch touchscreen display.