The 2019 Honda Insight is a brand-new compact hybrid sedan, related to the Civic of the very same size, with a combined EPA fuel-efficiency rating guaranteed to be 50 mpg or better. It will be provided in three trim levels: a base LX variation, a mid-range EX model, and a top-of-the-lineup Touring trim.
When the Insight starts to roll off the lines in Indiana at some point in the middle of 2018, it will be Honda’s first dedicated hybrid model integrated in the U.S. The company hopes third time’s a charm, after 2 previous generations of Insight– one a bare-bones subcompact, the other a tiny two-seater– didn’t.
2019 Honda Insight Design
The 2019 Insight slots in between the Civic and the Accord in Honda’s lineup; the company calls it a “premium compact” car. It will take on against a range of little hybrid hatchbacks, from the new Hyundai Ioniq to the three-car Toyota Prius lineup. It might also compete with the hybrid versions of mid-size sedans like the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry– not to discuss Honda’s own Accord Hybrid, which is a size bigger.
While all the world’s moving towards crossover utility vehicles, little passenger cars still get the very best gas mileage. The Insight is most likely to be bring the greatest fuel-economy rankings of any model in Honda’s lineup without a plug. While EPA scores will not be released up until soon prior to the 2019 Insight goes on sale, Honda predicted its city ranking to be “up to 55 mpg,” or comparable with the Prius Liftback.
The Insight will likely get high marks for its appearances. With the fourth-generation Toyota Prius outfitted in downright bizarre lines, the brand-new Insight is both recognizable as a Honda and good-looking in its own right. The fastback shape echoes that of the Civic and the newest Accord, and the upright front end with a chrome strip across it states “Honda family” right away. But it’s smoother and less busy than the Civic of approximately the exact same size, closer to the calm sophistication of the larger Accord. The result is a Civic-size car that looks a little bit more refined, a little bit more grownup. The LED headlights and taillights that are now all however obligatory on high-efficiency cars exist, of course.
2019 Honda Insight Interior
Inside, the 2019 Insight seats five in a generally elegant but practical Honda interior. Ahead of the motorist is the normal two-gauge instrument cluster with a digital screen panel in between the assesses. A touchscreen standing slightly happy with the surface occupies the center of the dash, just in front of 2 large vents. On the console are Honda’s space-saving new equipment selector push-and-pull buttons, in addition to a flat pad for mobile phones along with the typical cup holders and other nooks and crannies for storage.
2019 Honda Insight Engine
The Insight’s powertrain is similar to that utilized in the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, but without that car’s large battery pack that can be plugged into charge it. The 1.5-liter inline-4 works on the ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle and is coupled with a simple, ingenious, and powerful two-motor hybrid system that changes the transmission totally. Total output is 151 horse power and 197 pound-feet of torque, against 158 hp and 138 lb-ft in the base Civic, which makes the Insight both more fuel-efficient and torquier, with roughly the exact same power.
Unlike Toyota hybrids, the Honda system mainly works on battery power alone or with the engine functioning as a generator to charge the battery that powers the car. The engine only clutches in to power the wheels directly when maximum power is required or at highway speeds.This ought to give the Insight immediate action to the accelerator, and potentially rather peppy efficiency around town.
The second motor functions as a generator to recharge the battery; when the engine is used to power the wheels, the two motors are clutched together to connect the whole drivetrain to the front wheels. One brand-new feature is “steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors” (likewise referred to as “regen paddles”) that let a driver choose from 3 significantly strong levels of regenerative braking.
2019 Honda Insight Release Date
The 2019 Honda Insight will go on sale in the “early summer” of 2018. Last features, requirements, and prices will be released closer to that time.