The 2019 Honda Insight is a new compact hybrid sedan, associated to the Civic of the very same size, with a combined EPA fuel-efficiency score guaranteed to be 50 mpg or 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 begins to roll off the lines in Indiana at some point in the middle of 2018, it will be Honda’s first devoted hybrid model integrated in the U.S. The company hopes third time’s a beauty, after two previous generations of Insight– one a bare-bones subcompact, the other a tiny two-seater– didn’t.
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 range of little hybrid hatchbacks, from the 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 point out Honda’s own Accord Hybrid, which is a size larger.
While all the world’s heading for crossover energy vehicles, small passenger cars still get the 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 won’t be released until quickly before the 2019 Insight goes on sale, Honda predicted its city ranking to be “approximately 55 mpg,” or comparable with the Prius Liftback.
The Insight will likely receive high marks for its looks. With the fourth-generation Toyota Prius outfitted in downright strange lines, the brand-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 latest Accord, and the upright front end with a chrome strip across it states “Honda household” right away. However it’s smoother and less hectic than the Civic of approximately the same size, closer to the calm beauty of the larger Accord. The outcome is a Civic-size car that looks a little bit more refined, a bit more grownup. The LED headlights and taillights that are now all but necessary on high-efficiency cars exist, naturally.
Inside, the 2019 Insight seats 5 in an usually elegant however practical Honda interior. Ahead of the motorist is the normal two-gauge instrument cluster with a digital screen panel between the evaluates. A touchscreen standing somewhat 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 brand-new gear selector push-and-pull buttons, along with a flat pad for cellphones along with the typical cup holders and other nooks and crannies for storage.
The Insight’s powertrain resembles that utilized in the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, however without that car’s large battery pack that can be plugged into recharge it. The 1.5-liter inline-4 runs on the ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle and is coupled with a basic, innovative, and powerful 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, makings the Insight both more fuel-efficient and torquier, with approximately the exact same power.
Unlike Toyota hybrids, the Honda system primarily runs on battery power alone or with the engine acting as a generator to charge the battery that powers the car. The engine just clutches in to power the wheels straight when maximum power is needed or at highway speeds.This must give the Insight instant response to the accelerator, and possibly rather peppy efficiency around town.
The second motor functions as a generator to recharge the battery; when the engine is used to power the wheels, the 2 motors are clutched together to link the whole drivetrain to the front wheels. One new feature is “steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors” (also referred to as “regen paddles”) that let a chauffeur choose from three increasingly strong levels of regenerative braking.
The 2019 Honda Insight will go on sale in the “early summer season” of 2018. Last features, specifications, and costs will be released better to that time.