The all new 2019 Honda Insight is finally here, recently after the prototype made its debut at the Detroit show. Honda’s new hybrid is finally going to be seen in the sheet metal. The Insight is scheduled for an official showing at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Honda’s newest entry into its growing fleet of electrified vehicles is also one of its most advanced.
Just like the rest of the Honda’s range, the Insight gets design elements from other models. This includes the “flying wing” grille, the low profile LED taillights and headlights, and the coupe-like roofline. As for pricing, the Insight will be positioned between the smaller Civic and the larger Accord.
What keeps this running is an efficient two motor hybrid powertrain, similar to the one in the Accord Hybrid. There is a 1.5 liter gasoline engine paired to an electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack that delivers 151 horsepower (112 kilowatts) and 197 pound feet (267 Newton metres) or torque. This also features three driving modes namely Normal, Econ, and Sport. The new Insight also has the ability to return up to 55 miles per gallon in the city.
Henio Arcangeli, Jr, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc, said that the Honda Insight shows consumers that the efficiency of a hybrid car does not mean that style, refinement or performance need to be sacrificed. This model is actually also another symbol of a new era in the evolution of Honda electrified vehicles, where customers can have everything they want, without having to compromise.
As you enter its cabin, the Insight is equipped with an eight inch touchscreen system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, with standard Honda Sensing technology. There are two additional audio speakers, SiriusXM radio and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with smartphone-like features and functionality, including customizable app tiles and home screen shortcuts. Of course, it comes with standard safety features like forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. This will be offered in all trims of the Insight. Higher trims like the EX and the Touring will then gain the Honda Lane Watch.
The new model will be built in the same factory as the Civic and the CR-V. That is in Honda’s facility in Greensburg, Indiana. Meanwhile, the Ohio plant is where the hybrid battery and 1.5 liter gas engine will be built. The hybrid battery will be coming from Honda’s Marysville plant, while the 1.5 liter gas engine will be manufactured at the Anna, Ohio facility. Information on pricing or availability have yet to be released.