Honda disclosed that it will officially debut the 2019 Insight Prototype during the upcoming 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While the brand’s range of electric-powered vehicle continues to grow, this will be the first time customers get to see Honda’s latest model.
It can be recalled that it was in the same show last year that Honda revealed its Electrification Initiative. It was also during this time that the brand revealed that by 2030, two-thirds of its vehicle sales worldwide will be composed of electrified vehicles. This is not limited to battery electric models but it also includes fuel cell, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions.
The Insight boasts high fuel efficiency, combined with a refined driving performance along with a sleek sedan design and a cabin that offers space for five passengers. Furthermore, it clearly positions itself higher compared to other standard compact hybrid models.
Indeed, the Insight is expected to have fuel economy EPA combined rating of at least 50 mpg. Powering this new offering from Honda is the brand’s third generation two-motor hybrid system. It has a strong electric propulsion motor, a lithium-ion battery pack, and the Atkinson cycle 1.5-liter engine. Under most conditions, the model is powered solely with energy coming from either the battery pack or the engine, which acts as generator.
Talking about the 2019 Honda Insight, General Manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and Senior Vice-President of Automobile Sales Henio Arcangeli, Jr., shared that this model signifies the entry of the brand in a new period of electrification. These include, he said, a new generation of products where customers can experience the advantages of cutting-edge powertrain technology but none of the usual tradeoffs in packaging, design, or even premium features. The brand projects that the Insight will have fuel economy ratings that will rival even the segment’s best hybrids, Arcangeli continued. He added that this model will also deliver a passenger volume that is the best in the segment and an exterior and interior style that will appeal on a universal scale.
Honda disclosed that the Insight will be at its facility located in Greensburg, Indiana. This is the same facility where the CR-V and the Civic are manufactured. This new model will be launched across the U.S. during the latter part of the year. It is expected to be placed as a premium compact car above the Civic.
Once it arrives in the market, it will be Honda’s fifth electrified vehicle to be released over the past year. It will become part of the Clarity series, which includes the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Clarity Electric, and the Clarity Fuel Cell. Honda will also be releasing the 2018 Accord Hybrid, which customers can expect to arrive in dealerships across the U.S. in early 2018.