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 rating guaranteed to be 50 mpg or much better. It will be offered 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 very first dedicated hybrid model built in the United States. The company hopes 3rd time’s a charm, after 2 previous generations of Insight– one a bare-bones subcompact, the other a small 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 face off versus a series of small hybrid hatchbacks, from the new Hyundai Ioniq to the three-car Toyota Prius lineup. It may also compete with 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 larger.
While all the world’s moving towards crossover energy vehicles, little passenger cars still get the very best gas mileage. The Insight is likely to be carry the greatest fuel-economy scores of any model in Honda’s lineup without a plug. While EPA ratings won’t be released until quickly before the 2019 Insight goes on sale, Honda predicted its city score to be “as much as 55 mpg,” or similar with the Prius Liftback.
The Insight will likely receive high marks for its looks. With the fourth-generation Toyota Prius outfitted in downright bizarre 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 latest Accord, and the upright front end with a chrome strip throughout it states “Honda family” right away. But it’s smoother and less hectic than the Civic of roughly the very same size, closer to the calm sophistication of the bigger Accord. The result is a Civic-size car that looks a little bit more refined, a little more grownup. The LED headlights and taillights that are now all but mandatory on high-efficiency cars are present, naturally.
2019 Honda Insight Interior
Inside, the 2019 Insight seats five in a typically stylish however practical Honda interior. Ahead of the motorist is the normal two-gauge instrument cluster with a digital display screen panel in between the assesses. A touchscreen standing a little proud of the surface area inhabits the center of the dash, simply 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 operates on the ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle and is coupled with a basic, innovative, and effective two-motor hybrid system that replaces the transmission completely. Total output is 151 horsepower 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 approximately the same power.
Unlike Toyota hybrids, the Honda system mostly works on battery power alone or with the engine functioning as a generator to recharge the battery that powers the car. The engine just clutches in to power the wheels directly when optimal power is required or at highway speeds.This ought to provide the Insight instant reaction to the accelerator, and potentially rather alert efficiency around town.
The second motor serves as a generator to recharge the battery; when the engine is used to power the wheels, the two motors are clutched together to link the entire drivetrain to the front wheels. One brand-new feature is “steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors” (likewise called “regen paddles”) that let a chauffeur 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. Final features, specs, and costs will be launched more detailed to that time.