The 2019 Honda Insight is a brand-new compact hybrid sedan, associated to the Civic of the exact same size, with a combined EPA fuel-efficiency ranking promised to be 50 mpg or better. It will be used in three trim levels: a base LX version, a mid-range EX model, and a top-of-the-lineup Touring trim.
When the Insight begins to roll off the lines in Indiana at some point in the middle of 2018, it will be Honda’s very first devoted hybrid model built in the U.S. The company hopes third time’s a charm, after two 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 between the Civic and the Accord in Honda’s lineup; the company calls it a “premium compact” car. It will take on versus a variety of little hybrid hatchbacks, from the brand-new Hyundai Ioniq to the three-car Toyota Prius lineup. It might likewise take on the hybrid versions of mid-size sedans like the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry– not to mention Honda’s own Accord Hybrid, which is a size bigger.
While all the world’s heading for crossover energy vehicles, little passenger cars still get the very best gas mileage. The Insight is most likely to be carry the highest fuel-economy rankings of any model in Honda’s lineup without a plug. While EPA rankings won’t be launched up until quickly prior to the 2019 Insight goes on sale, Honda forecasted its city rating to be “approximately 55 mpg,” or equivalent with the Prius Liftback.
The Insight will likely get high marks for its looks. With the fourth-generation Toyota Prius dressed in downright strange lines, the new Insight is both identifiable as a Honda and handsome in its own right. The fastback shape echoes that of the Civic and the most current Accord, and the upright front end with a chrome strip across it states “Honda household” right away. But it’s smoother and less hectic than the Civic of roughly the same size, closer to the calm beauty of the bigger Accord. The outcome is a Civic-size car that looks a little bit more improved, a bit more grownup. The LED headlights and taillights that are now all but mandatory on high-efficiency cars exist, naturally.
2019 Honda Insight Interior
Inside, the 2019 Insight seats five in a typically stylish but functional Honda interior. Ahead of the motorist is the typical two-gauge instrument cluster with a digital screen panel between the assesses. A touchscreen standing slightly proud of the surface occupies the center of the dash, simply in front of two big vents. On the console are Honda’s space-saving brand-new gear selector push-and-pull buttons, along with a flat pad for mobile phones in addition to the usual cup holders and other nooks and crannies for storage.
2019 Honda Insight Engine
The Insight’s powertrain resembles that used in the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, however without that car’s large battery pack that can be plugged in to recharge it. The 1.5-liter inline-4 works on the ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle and is paired with a simple, ingenious, and powerful two-motor hybrid system that replaces the transmission entirely. Total output is 151 horse power and 197 pound-feet of torque, versus 158 hp and 138 lb-ft in the base Civic, that makes the Insight both more fuel-efficient and torquier, with roughly the very same power.
Unlike Toyota hybrids, the Honda system primarily 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 into power the wheels straight when maximum power is required or at highway speeds.This need to offer the Insight instant reaction to the accelerator, and potentially quite alert performance around town.
The second motor acts as a generator to recharge the battery; when the engine is utilized to power the wheels, the two motors are clutched together to connect the entire drivetrain to the front wheels. One new feature is “guiding wheel-mounted deceleration selectors” (likewise known as “regen paddles”) that let a driver select from 3 increasingly strong levels of regenerative braking.
2019 Honda Insight Release Date
The 2019 Honda Insight will go on sale in the “early summer” of 2018. Final features, requirements, and prices will be launched more detailed to that time.