According to Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Motor Co, 'The Insight signals we are entering a new era of electrification with a new generation of products that offer customers the benefits of advanced powertrain technology without the traditional trade-offs in design, premium features or packaging'.
More news about the 2019 Honda Insight should be made available in the near future.
The 2019 Honda Insight is expected to be officially launched later this year, though vehicle enthusiasts will not have to wait until then to get a good look at this new automobile.
Where the new Insight will differ from its predecessors is by being a more premium model than they were, and it will sit in the lineup above the current Civic.
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.
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Inside, the third-generation Insight will be available with perforated leather upholstery, an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as Wi-Fi over-the-air system updates.
It comes a full spate of safety and convenience offerings, including Honda LaneWatch on EX and above and Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition. That battery, by the way, will be located under the rear seats and won't rob the Insight of the ability to fold the rear seatbacks for longer cargo.
The parts coming from outside the USA likely include the hybrid powertrain, which is similar to that used in the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, which went on sale in December. That uses Honda's latest two-motor hybrid system, which pairs a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine with an electric propulsion motor and a lithium-ion battery tucked under the rear seats.
Honda says the Insight will offer "class-leading" power, but does not define what that is. Fuel economy of around 60mpg is mooted, although Honda claims the Insight can drive on electric power alone in most situations. Honda also promises that the new Insight will deliver "class-leading power" while still receiving an estimated EPA fuel economy combined rating of over 50 mpg, giving it an advantage over some of its compact hybrid rivals.
There's a "prototype" in the name, but make no mistake, this is the production 2019 Honda Insight in all but name.