2019 Honda Insight Prototype will be introduced at the Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on January 12, 2018

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.

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All-New Honda Insight Prototype Redefines Segment while Expanding Honda's Electrified Vehicle Lineup

The all-new Honda Insight Prototype will make its world debut on Jan. 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. Launching nationwide later this year, and positioned as a premium compact above Civic in the Honda passenger car 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 new 2019 Honda Insight signals 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 general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The Honda Insight is anticipated to receive fuel economy ratings competitive with the best hybrids in the segment, with styling that will have universal appeal inside and out and best-in-class passenger volume."

The Insight Prototype boasts a sleek design with a low and wide stance, highlighted by Honda's signature "flying wing" grille and bold fascia, low-profile LED headlights and taillights married to sharp and dynamic character lines and a sweeping, long coupe-like roofline.

With its long wheelbase platform, the 2019 Honda Insight will offer class-leading passenger space and a host of premium features including available perforated leather seating, an 8-inch Display Audio capacitive touchscreen and a 7-inch digital LCD driver's meter. More intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, further enhance Insight over its compact hybrid competitors.

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. Powering the model will be a version of the third generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid system, featuring a highly efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, a powerful electric propulsion motor and lithium-ion battery pack. In most conditions, Insight operates on electric power only, drawing energy from the engine (operating as a generator) or battery pack. The hybrid batteries located under the rear seats provides for a full-size trunk with the flexibility of available 60/40 split and folding rear seats.

The 2019 Honda Insight will include 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™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition.

The Insight will be manufactured at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant, alongside Civic and CR-V using domestic and globally sourced parts. Arriving later in 2018 as the fifth electrified vehicle launched by Honda over the past year, Insight will join the Clarity series (Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid) and the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid, arriving at dealerships nationwide early this year.

At the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Honda announced its Honda Electrification Initiative and the intention to make two-thirds of its global vehicle sales to be electrified vehicles by 2030, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell vehicles.

Source: Honda

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