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Honda Insight to deliver 50 mpg or better

11 January 2018

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. Fuel economy of around 60mpg is mooted, although Honda claims the Insight can drive on electric power alone in most situations. The second-generation Insight debuted in 2009 as the most affordable hybrid on the market, offering more mainstream utility with its five-door, five-passenger hatchback design and a more advanced IMA hybrid system.The all-new 2019 Insight takes an entirely new approach, utilizing the third-generation of Honda's two-motor "strong" hybrid technology and offering the styling, packaging, premium features and performance desired by mainstream auto buyers.

While the first-generation Honda Insight was a lightweight (for a hybrid) two-seater and the second-generation Insight was a minimalist subcompact hatchback, the third-generation model will come well equipped to help justify its Civic Touring-plus price point.

Roomy and with the latest technology onboard, the 2019 Honda Insight aims to offer a premium compact experience above the best-selling Civic.


Motivation for the 2019 Insight comes from Honda's latest two-motor hybrid system and multimode direct-drive transmission (the main e-motor drives the wheels through one ratio, and the engine begins to drive them via another at higher speeds). As Honda Division General Manager Henio Arcangeli puts it, "Honda wants the new Insight to be a great vehicle that also happens to be electrified".

Insight Prototype is destined for the USA market and there is not now plans to bring it to the UK.

The 2019 Insight, however, is a compact-to-mid-size four-door sedan-a far more popular segment for USA vehicle buyers.

Under the skin it surely must share most of its unibody structure and door inner panel stampings plus at least some of the exterior glass with the Civic sedan, which it will be built alongside in Greensburg, Indiana. Since then, we've known to expect a new auto with fresh styling, premium features and improved performance.

The 2019 Insight will include the clever LaneWatch system used in numerous other Hondas, in which a camera in the right-side door mirror provides a view of the car's blind spot that is displayed on its center screen once the driver signals a right turn.

The 2018 Insight will also be built in the US, unlike the two previous generations, which were imported from Japan. It's on sale in all 50 states beginning this summer.

The Insight will feature the Honda Sensing safety suite as standard, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition. Pricing, final specifications and ratings, and trim details and features are only likely to appear a few weeks before it becomes available.

Honda Insight to deliver 50 mpg or better