Honda Insight hybrid ousts Civic Hybrid for upscale EV


It'll be the automakers fifth electrified vehicle and it will be built alongside the Honda Civic and CR-V in Indiana.

The five-passenger 2019 Honda Insight is the company's new dedicated hybrid model, set to rival the Toyota Prius, the Kia Niro and the Hyundai Ioniq, although it seems heavily based on the Honda Civic's bones.

"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.

Honda has released a few more photos and more information about the 2019 Honda Insight Prototype, which is going to debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show.

In 1999, Honda started production of the original first-generation Insight, which was a subcompact hybrid sedan that stayed in production until 2006. The wheelbase is longer, therefore, while the stance is lower and wider. It also sports low-profile LED headlights and taillights.

Inside, Honda is promising best-in-class passenger space, along with a more upscale cabin than most compact cars. As Honda Division General Manager Henio Arcangeli puts it, "Honda wants the new Insight to be a great auto that also happens to be electrified".

Honda Insight hybrid ousts Civic Hybrid for upscale EV
Honda Insight hybrid ousts Civic Hybrid for upscale EV

Of course, what will be most important is the powertrain.

Under the hood will be an Atkinson-cycle, 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The company says that the motor will work as a generator in nearly all conditions, empowering a form of its very much respected 1.5-liter turbo four backed by another two-engine hybrid system, that will convey fuel economy in excess of 50 miles for every gallon.

The system has some big advantages over earlier hybrids.

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.

In regard to trim levels, the EX will include Honda LaneWatch and the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard. Those include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert, and a new traffic-sign recognition feature that's been used on European cars for several years but is just making its way into mass-priced US vehicles. Although details of the propulsion system won't be confirmed until the show, it's nearly certain the new Insight will feature the latest version of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid powertrain.

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