When Honda unveiled the 2019 Insight last week at the Detroit Auto Show, some have been wondering why it just didn’t simply introduce it as a new Civic Hybrid instead. The 2019 Honda Insight is based on the same platform as the Civic and its sedan body style also looks similar to the Civic and the bigger Accord, so why bring back the Insight name?

2019 Honda Insight Prototype

Wards Auto got a chance to ask Honda why the Insight name was chosen over the Civic Hybrid. “The Civic is lightweight, sporty, fun-to-drive, and if you electrify the Civic I think you kind of take a lot of the character away, so it was a smarter idea to bring back an older nameplate from before and make it kind of a whole new vehicle,” Henio Arcangeli, senior vice president-Automobile Div. at American Honda.

A new vehicle the 2019 Insight definitely is. Compared to the small coupe and five door hatchback before it, the third-generation Insight is a stylish four-door sedan. Honda has also fixed many of the issues with the second generation – its uncompetitive fuel economy ratings and cheap feeling interior. Honda predicts a combined rating over 50 mpg. The interior will also be packed with features, like an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The 2019 Honda Insight is expected to arrive by the end of the year.

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