The 2019 Honda Insight is a brand-new compact hybrid sedan, related to the Civic of the same size, with a combined EPA fuel-efficiency rating promised to be 50 mpg or better. It will be offered in 3 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 devoted hybrid model built 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 face off against a variety of little hybrid hatchbacks, from the brand-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 mention Honda’s own Accord Hybrid, which is a size larger.
While all the world’s moving towards crossover energy vehicles, small automobile still get the very best gas mileage. The Insight is most likely to be bring the highest fuel-economy ratings of any model in Honda’s lineup without a plug. While EPA rankings won’t be launched until soon before the 2019 Insight goes on sale, Honda forecasted its city score to be “as much as 55 mpg,” or comparable with the Prius Liftback.
The Insight will likely get high marks for its looks. With the fourth-generation Toyota Prius clad in downright unusual lines, the brand-new Insight is both identifiable as a Honda and handsome 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 household” immediately. However it’s smoother and less busy than the Civic of approximately the same size, closer to the calm elegance of the larger Accord. The result is a Civic-size car that looks a little more fine-tuned, a little bit more grownup. The LED headlights and taillights that are now all however obligatory on high-efficiency cars are present, naturally.
2019 Honda Insight Interior
Inside, the 2019 Insight seats 5 in a normally trendy but practical Honda interior. Ahead of the driver is the typical two-gauge instrument cluster with a digital display panel between the gauges. A touchscreen standing slightly happy with the surface area occupies 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, along with a flat pad for smart phones along with the typical cup holders and other nooks and crannies for storage.
2019 Honda Insight Engine
The Insight’s powertrain resembles that utilized in the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, however without that car’s big 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 basic, innovative, and effective two-motor hybrid system that replaces the transmission completely. Total output is 151 horse power and 197 pound-feet of torque, versus 158 hp and 138 lb-ft in the base Civic, which makes the Insight both more fuel-efficient and torquier, with approximately the very same power.
Unlike Toyota hybrids, the Honda system primarily operates on battery power alone or with the engine acting as a generator to recharge the battery that powers the car. The engine only clutches into power the wheels directly when optimal power is needed or at highway speeds.This must offer the Insight instant response to the accelerator, and possibly rather vivacious performance around town.
The second motor acts as a generator to charge 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” (also called “regen paddles”) that let a driver choose from 3 increasingly strong levels of regenerative braking.
2019 Honda Insight Release Date
The 2019 Honda Insight will go on sale in the “early summertime” of 2018. Final features, specs, and costs will be released closer to that time.