Honda Details 50 MPG 2019 Insight Hybrid

Honda Details 50 MPG 2019 Insight Hybrid

The production model is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2019, but at the moment there are no plans to offer the Insight in Europe as the next hybrid Honda has planned is a CR-V Hybrid. The brand new twin-motor auto revives the long-standing Insight name, with Honda aiming to slot the hybrid into its range above the Civic as a more premium compact option.

Honda has shown off its Insight Prototype ahead of its in-the-metal debut at the Detroit Motor Show, and word on the street is that the production version will look very similar.

The parts coming from outside the US likely include the hybrid powertrain, which is similar to that used in the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, which went on sale in December. The hybrid will be powered by a third-generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid system that will combine a 1.5L four-cylinder engine to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery.

Honda hasn't released any specifications for the new Insight, but after personally scrutinizing a prototype on static display I can state that it is clearly Honda Civic-sized. From an entertainment perspective, the vehicle will offer in-car WiFi and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


The system has some big advantages over earlier hybrids. Honda says the Insight will operate exclusively under electric power in most situations, with the engine acting as a generator when necessary. The hybrid batteries located under the rear seats provides for a full-size trunk with the flexibility of available 60/40 split and folding rear seats. The EX trim and above will include Honda LaneWatch to help drivers keep tabs on their blind spot. Honda claims the system gives "class-leading power while still receiving an anticipated EPA fuel economy combined rating in excess of 50mpg (4.7L/100km), competitive with other compact hybrid offerings".

Roomy and with the latest technology onboard, the 2019 Honda Insight aims to offer a premium compact experience above the best-selling Civic.

On EX and higher trims, the Insight will come standard with the Honda Sensing group of safety technologies, including adaptive cruise control with low-speed following capability, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, Road Departure Mitigation (which helps keep the auto on the road), and traffic sign recognition capability.

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