Honda reveals more details of new Insight prototype

Honda reveals more details of new Insight prototype

Honda will release trim levels, features and options, specifications, and pricing for the 2019 Insight closer to its on-sale date sometime between July and December this year.

According to the company, it will be the latest model in Honda's growing lineup of electrified vehicles and will launch nationwide later this year. Launching nationwide later this year, and positioned as a premium compact above Civic in the Honda passenger auto 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.

Honda is reintroducing the Insight hybrid as part of the Japanese automaker's electrification strategy. By 2030, Honda expects two-thirds of all sales will consist of electrified vehicles. Besides unique front and rear fascia with standard LED headlights and taillights, the compact-sized Insight borrows the profile design and doors of the Civic sedan.

Honda will debut its all-new Insight Prototype Monday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. In fact, it looks much better than the Honda Civic with which it shares many of its underpinnings. Honda has received a fair bit of flak for its infotainment system lately, but it promises more intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality this round, including customisable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with available Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and WiFi-enabled over-the-air system updates. Honda says the Insight will operate exclusively under electric power in most situations, with the engine acting as a generator when necessary. A 1.5-litre Atkinson-cycle engine is paired with a "powerful electric propulsion motor".

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By dividing the hybrid away from the Civic, Honda has taken the opportunity to give it a new design. Most of the time, Honda says, the Insight will use the electric motor alone, relying on power from the batteries or, if they're depleted, starting up the gas engine to act as a mobile generator. The lithium-ion battery pack is also located under the rear seat, allowing for a 60/40 folding rear seats. In comparison, the Ioniq consumes as low as 4.1 L/100 km while the Prius' combined rating is set at 4.5 L/100 km and the Niro's is 4.7 L/100 km and up.

The new Insight will be built in Greensburg, Indiana, and will be on sale later in 2018.

There's a "prototype" in the name, but make no mistake, this is the production 2019 Honda Insight in all but name.

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