Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

New Honda Insight Hybrid - more details and images

2019 Honda Insight Prototype Silver Rear Quarter Left First Look: Honda's sleek new Insight compact hybrid emphasizes style as much as it does efficiency
Theresa Hayes | 12 January, 2018, 12:11

With its long wheelbase platform, the 2019 Honda Insight will offer class-leading passenger space and a host of premium features including available perforated leather seating, an 8-inch Display Audio capacitive touchscreen and a 7-inch digital LCD driver's meter.

It will debut on January 15th at the event in North America.

Where previous hybrids have been compromised by their electrification, the new Insight will be "a great auto in its own right, independent of what's happening under the hood", said Honda's U.S. boss, Henio Arcangeli.

The parts coming from outside the USA 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 all-new Honda Insight Prototype will make its world debut on January 15 at the North American International Auto Show, giving consumers a first glimpse of the latest model in Honda's growing lineup of electrified vehicles. Honda has not yet announced how fuel-efficient the next Insight will be, but Arcangeli described the vehicle as having "best-in-class performance" in this regard. The Insight powertrain is similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt, meaning that the auto 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. In the Clarity, this powertrain delivers a combined output of 212 horsepower-103 hp from the gas engine and 181 from the electric motor-but the Insight could hierarchically be slightly less powerful. Since the battery pack is located under the rear seats, the Insight's trunk should be similar in volume to the Civic's (rated at 428 litres) and 60/40-split folding seatbacks will be standard as well.

The Insight will be powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine in addition to an electric motor paired with a lithium-ion battery. We're thinking about 150 to 160 hp, which would be higher than its rivals.

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.

The Honda Insight Prototype previews the 2019 Insight, which should look almost identical.

The Insight will be manufactured at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant, alongside Civic and CR-V using domestic and globally sourced parts. No pricing has been announced yet, but we're expecting a base MSRP of about $26,000, right between the Ioniq and the Prius.