The all-new Honda Insight
Prototype made 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,” Henio Arcangeli added.
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
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 1.5-litre 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.
Source: Honda Motor Company
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