Honda Insight prototype previews 50 mpg 2019 Insight hybrid sedan

Alonzo Simpson
January 12, 2018

Unlike the new CR-V, however, the third-generation Insight is not bound for Europe, but it will sit in the brand's United States line-up between the Civic and the Accord.

As expected from a new Honda, the 2019 Insight will come with a host of technology features. Launching nationwide later this year, and positioned as a premium compact above Civic in the Honda passenger auto lineup, Insight elevates itself above other compact hybrid models with its sleek sedan design, roomy five-passenger cabin, and refined driving performance, along with high fuel efficiency.

The all-new Honda Insight Prototype will make its world debut on January 15 at the North American International Auto Show, giving consumers a first glimpse of the latest model in Honda's growing lineup of electrified vehicles.

Under the bonnet is a new version of Honda's hybrid powertrain previously shown in the US-market Accord Hybrid. Honda has not yet announced how fuel-efficient the next Insight will be, but Arcangeli described the vehicle as having "best-in-class performance" in this regard.

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. The wheelbase is longer, therefore, while the stance is lower and wider. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available, as will WiFi for OTA system updates.

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The system has some big advantages over earlier hybrids.

The Insight's 1.5-liter inline-4 that operates on the highly efficient Atkinson Cycle is paired with Honda's clever two-motor hybrid system, which substitutes entirely for a conventional transmission. For a start, the packaging of the batteries means that the trunk can be full-sized. The EX trim and above will include Honda LaneWatch to help drivers keep tabs on their blind spot. It also allows the rear seats to fold and split 60/40.

The Insight will deliver class-leading power while still receiving an anticipated EPA fuel economy combined rating in excess of 50 mpg, competitive with other compact hybrid offerings.

The Insight will feature the Honda Sensing safety suite as standard, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition.

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

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