New Honda Insight details emerge ahead of NAIAS debut

Angelica Greene
January 12, 2018

The Japanese auto giant had already confirmed the Insight name was going to be resurrected, again, but now it has released official images of a new Insight prototype that looks to be pretty close to a production-ready model.

It features a new iteration of the Honda" signature "flying wing' grille and a bold new fascia flanked by new LED headlights and taillights.

The Honda Insight is back for a third generation, after being on hiatus since 2014.

Honda promises class-leading interior room, as well as available perforated leather seating.

By dividing the hybrid away from the Civic, Honda has taken the opportunity to give it a new design.

It will also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates.

The 2019 Honda Insight will include Honda LaneWatch on EX trim levels 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.

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It will also feature Honda's two-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 car's lithium-ion hybrid battery will live under the rear seats, enabling 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks and a pass through into the otherwise conventional trunk. 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. 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.

Testing is still ongoing but Honda predicts the Insight will achieve EPA fuel-economy estimates in excess of 50 mpg, competitive with the best hybrids in the compact class, which would be the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq.

The auto manufacturer hopes to make two-thirds of its global vehicle sales electrified by 2030.

Essentially, then, this is Honda's new Toyota Prius rival picking up from where the discontinued Civic hybrid left off. Honda says the Insight's sleek design, premium features, refined driving performance, and high fuel efficiency will set it apart from other compact hybrid rivals.

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