2019 Honda Insight Prototype Detailed, Gets Over 50MPG

The all-new 2019 Honda Insight will feature a highly efficient hybrid powertrain as well as more conventional looks, and this Detroit-bound prototype is here to serve up a preview.

We caught our first glimpse of the all-new Insight back in December when we also learned that a prototype version would debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Since then, we’ve known to expect a new car with fresh styling, premium features and improved performance.

Aside from the automaker’s signature “flying wing” grille, the front fascia also features low-profile LED headlights, which accentuate the car’s overall dynamic character and sloping roofline.

“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,” stated Honda exec, Henio Arcangeli Jr. “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.”

According to Honda, the 2019 Insight will offer class-leading passenger room, plus premium features such as perforated leather seats, an 8″ touchscreen display and a 7″ digital LCD driver’s meter. It will also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air updates.

As far as active safety is concerned, the new Insight will watch over you using the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive features. This means that buyers will get Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition. Meanwhile, EX spec models and above will also get Honda LaneWatch.

The Japanese automaker expects the new Insight to receive an EPA fuel economy rating in excess of 50 mpg (4.7 l/100km). Doing all the work will be a two-motor hybrid system, using an efficient 1.5-liter petrol unit, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery back, the latter located under the rear seats, allowing for a full-size trunk and an available 60/40 split and folding rear seats.

Honda will build the 2019 Insight (in showrooms later this year) at their plant in Greensburg, Indiana, alongside the Civic and CR-V.

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  • Craig

    So Honda has decided to become more Audi and BMW like where ALL models looks basically the same. Silly. I think.

  • Puddingpopper

    Id take this over the accord

    • eb110americana

      This makes me wonder, why even bother to make both a Clarity and Accord? Just fold them into one model. Certainly this spells the end of the Accord Hybrid, no?

  • roy

    So Honda can make a nice looking car. That’s good to know.

    • Victor Ferreira

      Sadly, the interior will still look nothing like that render and will be entirely made of cheap disgusting plastic.

      • roy

        Yes. The interior is another thing entirely.

      • Alter Ego

        Have you see the interior of the new accord? Also the car is near production and will likely look just like we’re seeing it now.

        • eb110americana

          Honda interiors have been getting a lot better as of late, especially things like the addition of the dedicated volume knob show that they are actually listening to critics. They have also always had really nice leather in their top packages on cars like the Accord and Odyssey. I liked the natural looking wood in the Accord interior from all the pics I have seen, but when I sat in it at the autoshow, I was disappointed to find that it was an obviously fake grain printing without texture. They still have a ways to go in some respects (that push-button shifter is a mess), but we have to also remember not to be too critical of vehicles that sell in that class due to the price point–it’s obviously not fair to compare them to Audis, for instance.

        • eb110americana
  • Toronado_II

    I like it !

  • NissLover

    If you look closely, this is a re-skinned Civic with a different interior… a better looking one, but this is essentially the Civic Hybrid using the Insight name. Its a good looking car, nonetheless.

  • LJ

    Is that not a picture of the Accord?

  • cooper

    Looks like Honda stole the back end of a Tesla.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      You’re taking things, aren’t you?

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks nice.

  • Leconte Dave

    Look like its getting the new 10 speed ?

    • Dustin

      Nope, Honda’s two-motor hybrid system does away with a conventional mechanical transmission altogether, as in the Accord Hybrid.

  • S3XY
  • Nordschleife

    The details on this make this look slightly better than the Accord.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is what happens when Honda nails a design.

    I’m blown away.

  • no25

    Such a nice job by Honda tbh! Interior is unique too but i feel the screen blocks the air vents too much.

  • Braddo

    Wow. Touchscreen in front of the air vents. Great design… not

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