Honda Insight Prototype Previews Sleek New Hybrid Sedan

2019 Honda Insight Prototype Front Quarter Left

Honda’s new third-generation 2019 Insight goes for 50+ mpg and aspirational design

"The new 2019 Honda Insight single we are entering a new era of electrification with a new generation of Honda products that offer customers the benefits of advanced powertrain technology without the traditional trade-offs in design, premium features or packaging", said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales and genera manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Since then, we've known to expect a new auto with fresh styling, premium features and improved performance.

The 2019 Insight is expected to arrive at Honda dealers sometime during the second half of this year, and it will be the company's first dedicated hybrid to be built in the U.S.

There's no hybrid in this FC generation of Civic, so the new Insight will play that role. The lithium-ion battery pack is also located under the rear seat, allowing for a 60/40 folding rear seats. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available, as will WiFi for OTA system updates.

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.

The car's equipment will also reflect its premium position in the market, with the very latest in infotainment, connectivity and driver-assistance systems.

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After launching the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid with the latest version of the two-motor hybrid system, the brand recently released the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid in Canada, while in the United States, hydrogen fuel cell and fully electric versions of the The Clarity are offered as well. Its long wheelbase translates to roominess for the five passengers, according to Honda. In the Clarity, the 1,498cc 4-cylinder generates 103 horsepower and 99 lb. -ft. of torque and its AC permanent-magnet synchronous drive motor develops 181 horsepower and a substantial 232 lb. -ft. of torque from zero to 2000 rpm. Therefore, if Honda fully implements this drivetrain in the new Civic-based Insight, which is likely 700-800 lbs. lighter, performance should be robust.

The on-form automaker says that the Insight will deliver class-leading power while still receiving an anticipated US EPA fuel economy combined rating in excess of 50 mpg (21.3 km/l), which is competitive with other compact hybrid offerings. No word yet on whether there will be a plug-in version.

In most conditions, Insight operates on electric power only, drawing energy from the engine (operating as a generator) or battery pack.

The auto manufacturer hopes to make two-thirds of its global vehicle sales electrified by 2030.

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