Honda Insight hybrid ousts Civic Hybrid for upscale EV

Honda Insight hybrid ousts Civic Hybrid for upscale EV

Yolanda Curtis
January 12, 2018

"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.

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. 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". According to Honda, the 2019 Insight will offer class-leading passenger space thanks to its long wheelbase platform, as well as an array of premium features including leather seats, an eight-inch touchscreen, and a seven-inch digital LCD driver's meter.

By dividing the hybrid away from the Civic, Honda has taken the opportunity to give it a new design. Customizable app tiles, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto are also featured, with Honda further confirming over-the-air software updates via Wi-Fi.

It comes a full spate of safety and convenience offerings, including 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, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition.

The real star of the show, however, is the car's 2-motor hybrid system.

The parts coming from outside the US likely include the hybrid powertrain, which is similar to that used in the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, which went on sale in December. The lithium-ion battery pack is also located under the rear seat, allowing for a 60/40 folding rear seats. Compared to the first two generations, the biggest change this time is that the Insight will be a sedan. In the Clarity, the 1,498cc 4-cylinder generates 103 horsepower and 99 lb. -ft. of torque and its AC permanent-magnet synchronous drive motor develops 181 horsepower and a substantial 232 lb. -ft. of torque from zero to 2000 rpm. The aforementioned MotorAuthority report noted that the vehicle was specifically going to offer an EPA-rated fuel economy of 50 mpg combined or something even better than that, according to the people at Honda.

Honda official websitePromotional picture for the 2019 Honda Insight.

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