The 2019 Honda Insight is a brand-new compact hybrid sedan, related to the Civic of the very same size, with a combined EPA fuel-efficiency ranking guaranteed to be 50 mpg or better. It will be used 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 devoted hybrid model built in the U.S. The company hopes 3rd time’s an appeal, after two 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 take on versus a variety of little hybrid hatchbacks, from the new Hyundai Ioniq to the three-car Toyota Prius lineup. It might likewise take on 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 heading for crossover energy vehicles, small automobile still get the very best gas mileage. The Insight is most likely to be carry the greatest fuel-economy ratings of any model in Honda’s lineup without a plug. While EPA rankings won’t be released till shortly prior to the 2019 Insight goes on sale, Honda forecasted its city ranking to be “up to 55 mpg,” or equivalent with the Prius Liftback.
The Insight will likely get high marks for its looks. With the fourth-generation Toyota Prius dressed in downright unusual 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 most current 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 beauty of the bigger Accord. The outcome is a Civic-size car that looks a little more improved, a little bit more grownup. The LED headlights and taillights that are now all but mandatory on high-efficiency cars exist, obviously.
2019 Honda Insight Interior
Inside, the 2019 Insight seats 5 in a generally stylish but functional Honda interior. Ahead of the driver is the typical two-gauge instrument cluster with a digital screen panel between the assesses. A touchscreen standing a little happy with the surface inhabits the center of the dash, just in front of 2 large vents. On the console are Honda’s space-saving new gear selector push-and-pull buttons, together with a flat pad for mobile phones as well as the usual 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, 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, ingenious, and powerful 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, that makes the Insight both more fuel-efficient and torquier, with roughly the exact same power.
Unlike Toyota hybrids, the Honda system primarily works on battery power alone or with the engine acting as a generator to recharge the battery that powers the car. The engine only clutches in to power the wheels straight when optimal power is needed or at highway speeds.This should offer the Insight instant response to the accelerator, and possibly rather alert performance 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 brand-new feature is “steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors” (also referred to as “regen paddles”) that let a motorist choose from 3 progressively strong levels of regenerative braking.
2019 Honda Insight Release Date
The 2019 Honda Insight will go on sale in the “early summertime” of 2018. Last features, specs, and rates will be launched closer to that time.