Remember when Honda revealed the all-new Insight in prototype form during the North American International Auto Show a few months ago? Well after nearly two months, Honda has officially made it into a production car.
Say hello to the 2019 Insight, Honda's latest hybrid sedan that slots between the Civic and the Accord. It serves as Honda's newest compact hybrid offering and is powered by the company's latest two-motor hybrid system.
Unlike previous generations which only came in hatcback form, the all-new model has been made into a sleek sedan. The new Insight borrows styling cues from both the Civic and Accord and has a low-wide stance. Up front is the signature Solid Wing Face grill that is comeplemented by a set of eye-catching LED headlights. Depending on the model chosen, a choice of 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels are available for the Insight. Like the new Civic and Accord, the Insight comes with a sweeping coupe-like roofline, integrated duckbill spoiler at the trunk and LED taillights.
Step inside the Insight and occupants are greeted by a stylish and ergonomic interior reminescent of the all-new Civic. Features such as a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, seven-inch digital instrument cluster and eight-inch touchscreen infotainment come as standard equipment on the 2019 Insight. Bluetooth, Pandora, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available in the new Insight.
Higher trim models can also come with the following extras: rain-sensing wipers, power moonroof, perforated leaether upholstery, heated front seats with 8-way power adjustment for the driver and 4-way power adjustment for the passenger, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, 4G LTE Wi-Fi with hotspot capability and a 10-speaker audio system.
Propelling the new Insight is Honda's third-generation two-motor hybrid system. It consists of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a powerful electric motor driven by a lithium-ion battery pack. This translates to a total system output of 151 PS and 267 Nm of torque. On normal conditions, the Insight operates as a series hybrid, wherein the engine provides power to the generator for the lithium-ion batteries and/or electric motor. This allows the Insight to have a claimed average fuel consumption of more than 23 km/l.
A total of three driving modes are available for the Honda Insight, Normal, Econ and Sport. It even comes with steering-wheel mounted deceleration selectors that can adjust the three levels of regenerative braking performance. According to Honda, the Insight's electric motor directly powers the drive axles which negates the use of a traditional automatic transmission. At higher speeds however, a lock-up clutch connects the engine to the drive axles to provide more power and a more efficient operation during highway driving.
Honda's suite of safety features come as standard equipment on the all-new Insight. These include technologies such as a multi-view reverse camera, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and traffic sign recognition.
“The Honda Insight shows consumers that the efficiency of a hybrid car doesn't mean sacrificing style, refinement or performance. The Insight is another symbol of a new era in the evolution of Honda electrified vehicles, where customers can have everything they want with no compromises,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co.
The 2019 Honda Insight will be built alongside the Civic and CR-V at Honda's plant in Greensburg, Indiana. The hybrid battery unit will be manufactured at the company's Marysville, Ohio plant while the 1.5-liter motor will be produced at the company's Anna, Ohio engine plant.