Honda has released official details about its 2019 Insight hybrid ahead of its January 15th reveal. Positioned as what Honda is calling a “premium compact” positioned above the Civic, the new Insight will be a hybrid-only option for buyers that is expecting to carry a 50 mpg fuel economy rating.
“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.”
Utilizing a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine four-cylinder and electric motor, Honda says it is anticipating at least a 50 mpg rating from the EPA on the Insight. The Insight powertrain is similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt, meaning that the car is powered by the electric motor most of the time, with the gas engine generally acting as a generator to charge the lithium-ion battery pack found under the backseat. Honda notes that the pack’s location under the rear seat allows for full use of the trunk.
In comparison, both the Toyota Prius and Kia Niro offer EPA ratings in excess of 50 mpg combined.
As expected from a new Honda, the 2019 Insight will come with a host of technology features. From an entertainment perspective, the car will offer in-car WiFi and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
On the safety front, Insight will include Honda LaneWatch on EX and above and Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety 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.
Honda says the 2019 Insight will commence production later this year at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana assembly plant.