The 2019 Honda Insight is a new compact hybrid sedan, associated to the Civic of the exact same size, with a combined EPA fuel-efficiency ranking guaranteed 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 begins to roll off the lines in Indiana sometime 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 an appeal, 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 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 small hybrid hatchbacks, from the new Hyundai Ioniq to the three-car Toyota Prius lineup. It might likewise 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 bigger.
While all the world’s heading for crossover utility vehicles, little automobile still get the very best gas mileage. The Insight is most likely to be carry the greatest fuel-economy rankings of any model in Honda’s lineup without a plug. While EPA rankings will not be launched until soon before the 2019 Insight goes on sale, Honda forecasted its city rating to be “approximately 55 mpg,” or comparable with the Prius Liftback.
The Insight will likely get high marks for its looks. With the fourth-generation Toyota Prius dressed in downright bizarre lines, the 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 household” instantly. However it’s smoother and less hectic than the Civic of approximately the exact same size, closer to the calm beauty of the bigger Accord. The result is a Civic-size car that looks a little bit more fine-tuned, a little bit more grownup. The LED headlights and taillights that are now all however mandatory on high-efficiency cars exist, naturally.
2019 Honda Insight Interior
Inside, the 2019 Insight seats 5 in a normally trendy however practical Honda interior. Ahead of the motorist is the normal two-gauge instrument cluster with a digital display screen panel between the determines. A touchscreen standing somewhat proud of the surface inhabits the center of the dash, simply in front of two large vents. On the console are Honda’s space-saving new equipment selector push-and-pull buttons, in addition to a flat pad for cellphones as well as the typical cup holders and other nooks and crannies for storage.
2019 Honda Insight Engine
The Insight’s powertrain is similar to that used in the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, but without that car’s big battery pack that can be plugged in to charge it. The 1.5-liter inline-4 runs on the ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle and is coupled with a basic, innovative, and effective two-motor hybrid system that changes the transmission totally. 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 primarily 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 into power the wheels straight when maximum power is needed or at highway speeds.This must give the Insight instant response to the accelerator, and potentially rather vivacious efficiency around town.
The second motor serves as a generator to charge 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 new feature is “guiding wheel-mounted deceleration selectors” (also 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. Final features, specs, and rates will be launched closer to that time.